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How to be a great PR student

Summer is in full swing. For some students that means summertime classes, while for others it means working. For public relations students, you don’t need a specific time of year to think about how to be a better PR student. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your college education.

Stay up to date:

Being in public relations involves a lot more than just being able to communicate. Enhance your classroom work by also staying up to date on the latest trends in public relations and in social media.

Classroom work is important, but so are the areas of public relations that are beyond the classroom.

Source: Tegile

Source: Tegile

Do the homework:

Okay, yes, that seems obvious. If you don’t keep up on the work assigned, you miss out on valuable information that you may need for both assessments and your future life as a practitioner. While it is easy to slack off or try to do minimal amounts of work, it is advantageous for a student to go above and beyond in the classroom in order to learn as much as possible to help them be successful outside of the classroom.

Collaborate:

There is a lot to learn from other people. Try chatting with your classmates about the material or assignments, or form a study group. Varying perspectives on the material can broaden your learning horizons and open up doors that you may have never even noticed before.

Do what works for you:

For some people, writing a paper at two in the morning right before it is due works. But if that doesn’t work for you, do something that does. Do your outside of class work at a time and place that motivates you to do your best work and accomplish tasks at a reasonable pace.

Ask questions:

Your professors want to help you. Ask them questions, participate in class and visit their office hours. Being engaged and interested in the material will help you as a student absorb more information, maximizing your learning potential.

 

Whether you are taking classes this summer or not, keep these tips in mind as you continue your public relations studies. Staying on top of your studies and challenging yourself to do as well as possible will help you get the most out of your college education. Being successful and learning as much as possible during your college career will also help you in your future public relations career.

Andrea Mellendorf
Chief Financial Officer
EMU PRSSA
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