By: Andrea Mellendorf
Summer break is finally upon us! Once finals are over, that last paper is turned in, and those final grades are entered, we’ll finally get a break from school. Whether you’re on break or taking classes this summer, it’s crucial that you don’t lose all of the valuable knowledge you gained during this academic year! Let’s take a look at all of the opportunities that summer offers to public relations students who are looking to grow as practitioners during break.
Set goals: Make it a personal goal to keep up with the news, go to conferences, follow a new blog or learn a new skill.
Unique opportunities: Summer provides students with a chance to engage in unique learning opportunities, such as studying abroad or taking on an internship. Don’t let these opportunities pass you by— they can help you learn more about the field and grow as a practitioner!
Meet with a mentor: Haven’t met with your mentor in a long time? Need a mentor? Summer is a great time to build relationships with professionals in the field, both old and new!
Make a blog: Whether you’re blogging about PR, or just what you’re up to over the summer, blogging is a quick and easy way to keep your writing skills sharp and build your portfolio for future employers to view. Check out WordPress or Wix for easy-to-use platforms!
Exercise your brain: Writing, reading, studying PR, and reviewing what you’ve learned over the past year are all great ways to keep your PR knowledge at the top of your mind and ready to go when the new school year starts.
Read: I know reading has already been mentioned a few times, but it’s just that important! Regardless of what you’re reading, it will strengthen your vocabulary and help you in the long run when you’re writing and communicating as a professional.
Don’t let summer be a time of falling behind in your studies. Use this break to continue to grow as a PR student and practitioner. It will help you to dive right in when the school year begins in the fall. Whether you’re taking classes over the summer, traveling, working, or pursuing an internship, best of luck to you, and enjoy the warm weather!
Andrea Mellendorf is a senior and serves as the Chapter President for EMU PRSSA. She previously has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Special Events and Programs for EMU PRSSA, and as an intern for the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Andrea currently is the Social Media Operator for The Honors College where she manages their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and for the College of Arts and Sciences, where she manages their Facebook and Twitter. Connect with Andrea on Twitter – @AndreaMell!