Thanksgiving Break: PR Style

By Sara Seng, Managing Editor

It’s that time of year again where your local gym becomes a mad house and it’s almost impossible to find an available machine to work out on.  It’s that time of year again where students are counting down the days until their mini vacation from school arrives just in time before finals.  It’s that time of year again where the grocery stores have become scenes from “The Hunger Games”, to which I say, may the odds of finding the perfect turkey be ever in your favor.

Yes. It is that time of year again.

It’s Thanksgiving time.

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But aside from all of the craziness that may occur during our country’s turkey day, it’s important for professionals and aspiring students in the world of public relations to take full advantage of their Thanksgiving break from reality.

There are three ways as to how PR professionals and those who aspire to be in PR can take away from this day of feasting and togetherness.  Because, let’s face it, there’s so much more to do than deciding what type of pie you should have for dessert.  If only every decision in life were that simple…

  1. Pass the Pitch Please Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is the kick-starter to the holiday season.  In fact, there are always bundles of pitch-worthy stories with trending topics being written about and published during the weeks of Thanksgiving to Christmas to even the New Year.  With that being said, it’s important during Thanksgiving break that we stay on top of what’s happening, especially in the world of social media.  Because, who knows? During your second slice of pie, a PR crisis could be developing!
  2. Take a Turkey Timeout The career field of public relations can be a demanding one with days that seem to never end and emails that seem to always continue to fill your constantly reorganized inbox.  During Thanksgiving break, once you’ve had your turkey and fillings, why not sit back and reevaluate all that needs to get done when that upcoming Monday comes creeping up on you?   Before you go into your “turkey coma”, sit back and plan your to-do list.
  3. It’s More Than Just a Day of Overindulging Thanksgiving is that time of year where its message always seems to be forgotten.  It’s so much more than the goodness of the food it brings or the football games that play, or even the Black Friday shopping that occurs afterward.  It’s about spending time with those who matter most.  It’s about being with the ones you are thankful to have in your life.

And so, the most important thing to do during this year’s Thanksgiving break, is to remember to give yourself an actual break to spend some time with your loved ones.


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