When going into my freshman year at Temple University, I was a commuter student who had a lot of trouble making friends. I purposely took morning classes to get away from the campus, even if the class did not interest me. I was told by so many, “college is the best four years of your life!” but I was off to a bad start and afraid nothing would change. What I now know is that what you put into your time as a Temple student contributes to helping you find your way. I am still a commuter, I made some necessary changes, and I was patient with myself and my time as a college student. To the incoming Temple University freshman, this one’s for you!

1. Join A Club

Joining a student club or organization gives you the opportunity to begin meeting friends and making connections with others at your university. I did not join my first clubs, Temple PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and PRowl Public Relations, until I was a junior. From the moment I joined, I made friends, felt welcomed with open arms, and began to further develop leadership skills. I urge you to join a club as it will help take you out of your comfort zone and provide you with opportunities you never knew existed! 

2. Keep A Journal 

I personally started keeping a journal when I was a senior in high school. Journaling has been a great creative outlet for me. What I quickly learned during my freshman year of college was that journaling helps you keep track of your personal goals and progress. You may not write in it every day, but journaling is a way to recenter, prepare, and execute anything you put your mind to. Everyone’s journal might look the same from the outside, but from the inside it tells your unique story. 

3. Routine Is Everything 

When we are young, we think routines are boring and lame. The truth is, keeping a routine is natural and very necessary. It might take a few tries and it will change a bit every semester, but try to craft a routine for yourself that encompasses work, self-care, and time with your friends or loved ones. You will be a better person for it! 

4. Register For Classes That Peak YOUR Interest

Along with your major requirements, you must take general education and elective courses. Do not just take a class because it “fits in your schedule.” Register for a class that has a course description, skill set opportunity, or coursework that interests you. I promise it will make you a better student!

This blog post was written by Alexis Levant, Director of Public Relations.

Stepping out of your comfort zone can create major stress and anxiety, which can sometimes get the best of you. This stress and anxiety can hold you back, preventing you from achieving greatness. But, the trick is don’t let it. Simply believing in yourself will allow yourself to look beyond the obstacles that lay ahead, giving you the strength, you need to get through any challenge. There is no force stronger than the ability to believe in what you can accomplish. When you realize it’s never too late to change your life, the game changes. Understanding the power of the present is extremely important. Yes, we only get one life, but every day you wake up, and you are breathing, you have the opportunity to make a change that can ultimately change your entire life. These changes don’t have to be big, or glamorous. Any positive change, big or small, is good. Overall, the key to making a change is doing it for yourself and never looking back. Joining PRSSA has no limits or laws. You can join as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or even a senior. If you feel uncomfortable, scared, or hesitant, take my advice and push yourself to do it. Putting yourself out there is one of the most terrifying things we can do as humans, but when you do it, you will realize it is never as scary as in your wildest dreams. Ultimately, vulnerably is key to one's success. So now that you have joined, paid your dues, and are officially a member, don’t be silent. Standing still, being in the shadows, and not making your own voice, will do absolutely nothing for you. Yes, you may be able to add it to your resume but that’s not good enough. Remember we are striving for greatness. Get involved. Do everything and more. I am not just talking about going to weekly meetings, or even volunteering for at one event a semester, but devoting all your free time all your time to PRSSA. Dedicating yourself to PRSSA will open your life up to more doors and opportunities than you would have thought were imaginable. You will meet friends, mentors, and professionals that want nothing more than the best for you and your career in the PR industry. If you don’t believe me, join PRSSA today and find out for yourself. Enjoy it. Being a member of PRSSA doesn’t last forever, that is why you need to enjoy every second of it and appreciate all it has to offer. Are you ready for your next journey here at Temple?

This blog post was written by Paige Nicholas, Director of Fundraising.

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Our final Membership Spotlight of the semester is Angela Largo! This is her first semester in PRSSA, and she has really stood ou this semester! Here is a Q&A with her!

Q: Where are you from? What is your major/minor?

A: I'm from Stewartsville, NJ. I'm a communication studies major with a minor in public relations.

Q: How long have you been a member of PRSSA?

A: I just became a member of PRSSA this semester. 

Q: Why do you love PRSSA? What do you hope to get out of it?

A: I love it because it helps me grow as a professional. It's such an amazing organization that offers so many opportunities to strengthen your skills and grow your network. While in PRSSA, I hope to continue to meet new people and prepare myself to enter the PR industry. 

Q: What committee are you a part of? What have you done with this committee?

A: Once I became a member I joined the digital committee. During one of our meetings, we went over how to write blog posts. I wrote one and had it published on our chapter's website!

Q: What PRSSA events have you participated in?

A: I wasn't able to attend a lot of the events I had planned, but other than general body meetings I had the pleasure of being in the mentorship program. 

Q: What other TU organizations are you a part of?

A: Outside of PRSSA I'm also a member of Temple's club softball team.

Q: Coolest place you’ve ever traveled to?

A: The coolest place I've been to would have to be Montréal. It's a beautiful city with such a rich French Canadian culture. I enjoyed it so much I'm already planning a trip back.

Q: Favorite social media platform and why?

A: My favorite social media platform to use would have to be Instagram. I love all of its features and it's the app where I feel most connected with the people I follow.

Q: Dream job?

A: My dream job would be vice president of communications/public relations for a professional sports team.

This blog post was written by Christina Billie, Digital Publications Editor and Angela Largo, General Body Member.

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