Recent Graduate Accredits PRSSA for Success in "Real-World"

By: Raquel Squires

Graduation– a word that is in the back of every senior’s mind. Lately, this word has been associated with recession. In today’s economy, many college graduates are finding it difficult to secure a job.

This isn’t the case for recent Penn State graduate, Lauren Chapman. Chapman, of North Huntingdon, PA, graduated with a duel-major in French and Public Relations last May. While at Penn State, Chapman was involved in Women’s Choral, PRSSA, and Happy Valley Communications. In PRSSA, Chapman was the Event Planning Chairperson her junior year and the Director of Chapter Development her senior year. For Happy Valley Communications, she was an account executive for ‘Out of the Darkness.’

Now Chapman spends her days in Pittsburgh at The American Red Cross (South Western Pennsylvania Chapter). She had interned with them the summer of 2008 and when a position in her field was available, she was informed. She now works as their marketing and communication specialist. Essentially, she assists the marketing and communication coordinator. Her job duties include: media relations, social media, graphics, marketing, and event planning.

Chapman accredits PRSSA for helping her in the “real-world” with being professional, being able to work as a team and independently, and to approach all tasks with a positive attitude. When asked what she missed most about Penn State she replied, “Everything!” She especially misses PRSSA, Happy Valley Communications and the spirit Penn State has.

The alumna’s word of advice for those entering the field of Public Relations is to be flexible with your position because it is difficult to get where you want right away.

So, for Lauren Chapman, graduation is not something to be associated with recession, but rather success and a bright future.

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