By: Hope Salyer
There are many reasons why PRSSA is a fantastic organization to join on EMU’s campus, but probably the simplest one is that it just makes sense! If you are a public relations, journalism, communication or business student at EMU, PRSSA is the organization to be a part of. For $65 a year, EMU PRSSA provides students with the opportunity to network and speak directly with local professionals to enhance your professional network before graduation, allows new and nontraditional students to become part of an organization on campus, and starts a lifelong friendship between PRSSA members!
As a PRSSA member and a 2-year e-board member, PRSSA has given me so many experiences that I would not have gotten at Eastern otherwise. I’ve traveled to different cities and states with PRSSA, meeting hundreds of new individuals I wouldn’t have been able to without the organization. I’ve heard lectures from nationally known professionals like Nikki Barjon and Jon Iwatta, I’ve made lifelong friendships with my fellow e-board and general members, and I’ve gotten to create and execute a campaign as part of our Bateman team for the National Campaign to Change Direction and raise awareness of the five signs of mental health.
While I can, and plan to, utilize these experiences for my upcoming job interviews as graduation approached, these experiences have given me so much more than just something to put on my resume. As much as each trip I’ve taken with PRSSA has allowed me to learn new things about PR, and more specifically what I want to do with it post-graduation, it’s also allowed me to gain new personal experiences. I got to travel to Boston, Mass. And experience being in a new city without my parents for the first time. I got to watch the Houston Astros win one of the playoff games on its trip to the World Series Win (I mean who wouldn’t want to see Justin Verlander pitch again even if it wasn’t in a Tigers uniform?). I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a book drive and bookmark making event to benefit the children of Mott’s Children’s hospital during Christmas, and I’ve volunteered with PRSSA at our local Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor to help aid in the growing fight against hunger in Washtenaw County.
PRSSA has given me so many experiences to be thankful for in the two years I’ve been a part of the organization, and I know I speak for the rest of our e-board when I say I’m not the only one who feels this way.
The EMU PRSSA Winter Kick-off Meeting is Tuesday, January 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 310B Student Center. I hope to see everyone there, and I hope you will consider becoming a part of this amazing organization!