By Shannon Szypko, Chapter President
This is it. I just finished the last week of classes of my undergraduate career, and it’s been two weeks since our last PRSSA meeting of the year as well. I can’t believe how fast time has flew by. It’s been an amazing year with an even better group of people. Monday mornings will never be the same. Not to mention I will never have to sit in a classroom ever again!
I owe so much to PRSSA and to the wonderful people I’ve met and became close with this year. We went to conferences, networking events, held socials and workshops, and consumed a lot of Starbucks. But after all was said and done, we were ready to dive headfirst into the world of PR.
We kicked off the year with a trip to Philadelphia for the PRSSA National Conference.
The Regional Conference at Boston University was just as inspiring.
In between these amazing learning opportunities, we made some time to have fun. We designed our own business cards, we went bowling, we made YouTube videos and Vines, but most importantly we grew closer and learned to collaborate as a team. This is a valuable learning experience all by itself.
After all was said and done, I have never felt more ready to get a job in PR. What other job can you go to and have free coffee and beer? Don’t get me wrong, there are other reasons I love PR. Like the endless opportunities that are presented, and the fact that you can have a crazy idea without people questioning if you’re from Mars. It’s an environment that encourages creativity, leadership, professionalism, silliness and collaboration…all at the same time.
Without PRSSA, I would be walking into the PR world with a blindfold on. I wouldn’t be here today without the past, present and future executive board and chapter members. I owe a lot to our amazing faculty advisors, too. They were always willing to give a helping hand, give us a recommendation, or introduce us to professionals. I will miss PRSSA more than anything, but I’m excited for the real world of PR and moving on to PRSA. I hope most of you continue the journey with me!