Waynesburg’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) just completed its annual ‘Public Relations Week’—where we had various panels, speakers and networking events, right here on campus. We invited professionals from several different sectors of public relations, and students were able to learn more about this incredibly diverse field of public relations.
When it comes to PRSSA, events like these are critical to professional development and education. PRSSA – whether it is your own chapter, or on a national level – provides infinite opportunities for young professionals to take advantage of their ambitions and become the best version of themselves. Here are some reasons that attending PRSSA events are important:
You paid for it.
At the simplest level, as a dues-paying member, it is a waste of your own money to not take advantage of PRSSA events. Different colleges and universities will charge different amounts for dues depending on the events that chapter participates in – and we are getting our money’s worth by putting in the hours. Your dues allow you to participate in events like Professional Development Day, National Conference and National Committee – use them!
It is the chance to network.
I acquired my internship based off of a recommendation from a mentor. I met that mentor through Waynesburg PRSSA.
Do not underestimate the value of networking. PRSSA events give you the opportunity to meet and learn from practitioners – impress them, get their advice, exchange contact information. It is so important to get your name out there and show professionals what you are capable of. Make as many connections as you can, because you never know where it will lead.
Enhance your education.
There is only so much that we can learn in a classroom. In the realm of public relations, a lot of our success depends on practical experience and knowledge of the field. Attendance at professional events and other PRSSA functions will help you gather that extra information to put you at an advantage. It could be as simple as advice for your résumé or some industry jargon – but all of it is valuable. Don’t miss out!
In the midst of a busy college semester, PRSSA events may seem time-consuming and exhausting at times. However, the benefit of attendance cannot be overstated. There are so many reasons to take advantage of the events PRSSA provides – they are opportunities for personal and professional growth that could help you get a job one day. Remember, as you continue on in your membership, to take full advantage.
Teghan Simonton is a sophomore with a dual major in public relations and journalism. She serves as the content coordinator for Waynesburg PRSSA and as managing editor for the award-winning Yellow Jacket student newspaper. She is an active member of Red Brick Communications and the Society of Professional Journalists. In her free time, Teghan is a member of the cross country and track teams.