Why You Should Join PRSSA (A New Member’s Perspective)

By Sean Donnelly, Communications Committee

By this time, most people are starting to settle into their routines. Between it’s classes, internships and clubs, we no longer find ourselves walking aimlessly through the HUB trying to decide between Starbucks or Chick-fil-A.

Whether you’re a freshman or transfer student, you might be hesitant to get too involved out of fear of being overwhelmed. While you don’t want to run yourself into the ground, there are a few things in which you should still consider getting involved. If you’re in public relations or communications, the first thing that comes to mind is the Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA).

The goal of PRSSA is to transform college students into public relations professionals, ready to join the workforce. The organization offers opportunities to network, compete and learn from more than 10,000 students involved in the organization throughout the country.

These students used to be just like you and me. We all went through the awkward childhood. The same kid that you saw eat paste in kindergarten might now be a very important contact after college.

In this day in age, the job market is becoming increasingly competitive. Networking is a crucial element in the job search process, and PRSSA is an extremely beneficial way to meet others in your industry. Who knows? Maybe that kid who ate paste might help you land you an interview for your dream job.

PRSSA is a nationally known organization, well-received by those in the public relations and communications fields. Not only is it an eye-catcher on your resume, but it allows you to to build a portfolio and gain real world experience. The four committees to choose from in the Penn State chapter of PRSSA are Fundraising, THON/Philanthropy, Communications and Event Planning. The chairs of the committees are students just like you and me, and will work with you every step of the way.

I’ve learned so much already in PRSSA and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year. There’s no reason to not be involved, and it’s never too late to join!

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