This blog is written by Mollie, our campus ambassador from Northern Michigan University. She is studying Communication Studies and will graduate in May 2012. She hopes to work in any communications industry from television to PR.
When I was in high school, I was involved in almost every club or extracurricular there was for me. Coming to college was uncharted territory and I had no idea what extras were even offered. Being a communication studies major, I knew I wanted to be involved in something that dealt with people, but there was no such thing as “Communications Club.” A few people I knew were involved in PRSSA, or the Public Relations Student Society of America, but I was worried because I didn’t even really know what public relations entailed. I attended a meeting and almost immediately fell in love with the organization.
Being a member of PRSSA had been an amazing experience and has given me so many opportunities to further my future career aspirations. With PRSSA, I have traveled to Washington DC and Orlando, Florida for conferences, had the opportunity to be a student volunteer for President Barack Obama’s visit to Northern Michigan University, raised thousands of dollars for local non-profits, volunteered for a major sled dog race, and so many other amazing things. How’s that list for resume builders?
Not only did I learn what PR was about, but I actually got to put it in action. My chapter does an amazing job, building fundraising campaigns from the ground up and raising money for organizations in need. Our “Jam for Love” Ski and Snowboard competition and “Project Compassion” Fashion Show have become major community events that the public looks forward to annually. For someone who had no clue what PR was, I now feel pretty confident that I could do quality work with a PR client.
I can’t even express how vital my membership in PRSSA was to my future. It showed me what level other students were at and gave me the drive to raise my own standards. I learned professionalism, confidence, and group communication skills. If you are in ANY communication field, take it from me, you need to be a member of PRSSA at your university – You won’t regret it.