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Marianna Morris, a Senior Client Engagement Manager at Seer Interactive gives her perspective on the impact college has on your future.

Graduating from Temple University in January 2014 with a degree in strategic communications and public relations, Marianna Morris fully advocates for the credibility of Temple’s PRSSA chapter.

During her time at Temple, she held leadership positions on the executive board for PRSSA, and an assistant firm director (AFD) role for Temple’s PRowl Public Relations.

Marianna believes that the single, most valuable takeaway from her experience at Temple in PRSSA and PRowl was developing her own definition and sense of accountability.

“From the beginning we were instilled with responsibilities from managing the blog, organizing guest speakers, planning events, etc. That was an invaluable, transferable skill in my professional life,” Morris recalled.

As an AFD for PRowl, Morris had the responsibility of supervising account managers across several accounts, becoming the liaison between the student-run agency and their clients.

Morris explained that her level of engagement within PRSSA provided her opportunities she wouldn’t have had access to otherwise. She emphasized the significance of attending conferences for students interested in PR and how it eventually landed her a job waiting for her prior to graduation.

Since she graduated six years ago, there have been a lot of culture changes within PR. However, Morris stressed that despite its modified appearance, and constantly evolving technology, the act of building strong relationships with others has always been, and always will be the staple of PR.

This blog post was written by Johanna Stubenhofer, Digital Committee Member.

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The upcoming election is only days away. With many votes already cast, we’re coming down to the final stretch and many Americans, including myself, are experiencing high levels of stress. It might seem unwarranted, but it’s not. We’re currently in the middle of a pandemic, many Americans are facing job uncertainty, and tense race relations are at an all-time high. Couple this in with the fact that we’re in the final days of a presidential election, I mean, who isn’t stressed right now?

With all that’s happening, it might seem impossible, but there are a few things you can do to help cope with stress.

1. Prepare for the Possibility of Delayed Results

Again, we’re living in the middle of a pandemic. Due to this, voting looks different this year and varies by each state. This means it could take some states days or even weeks to get an accurate count of votes. Mentally prepare for these delays; find things to do to keep yourself busy in the meantime.

2. Create a Post-Election Plan

This might seem unnecessary and slightly over the top, but create a plan that will allow you to feel all your feelings when the time comes. Take a weekend getaway. Take time off work if you need to. Do whatever you need to do to make sure your mental health remains healthy.

3. Take Breaks from Social Media

It’s hard. It feels like we need to be constantly up-to-date in regards to election results but this can be overwhelming. Take time for yourself and unplug from social media for a little bit. Read a book, watch a movie, go on a run, or bake a dessert. Do something that will keep you entertained and off social media for a few hours.

4. Practice Self-Care Habits

This looks different for everyone. For some people, this could mean simply preparing a healthy and nourishing meal. For others, this could be an entire at-home spa full of face masks, manicures, and pedicures. Whatever the case may be, make sure to block out time within the day to practice self-care.

5. Remain Hopeful

Arguably this is the hardest part to do but that’s what makes it all the more important. Stress is a normal part of life, but without hope, we wouldn’t be able to get through anything. Search out stories and information that help ease your stress. Find an article that makes you feel optimistic. Pray. Manifest. Do what you need to do to remain hopeful. The more positive energy you put into the world, the more positive energy you’ll receive.

This blog post was written by Jacquelyn Kelly, Digital Committee Member.

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This week's Member Monday is Lindsi Smith! Here's our Q & A with her.

Where are you from?

LS: I am from Northeast Philly

What year are you?

LS: I am a transfer junior. I completed my associate's degree at CCP in Liberal Arts. 

What is your major and minor if you have one?

LS: Public Relations is my major and I just declared Digital Media Engagement as my minor. 

How long have you been a member of PRSSA?

LS: This is my first semester as a member of PRSSA. 

What do you love about PRSSA?

LS: I am very new in the PR field and PRSSA has taught me so much out of class. I love learning from our speakers because they give me an idea of what types of career I may pursue. I also love the digital committee because I have realized this side of PR sparks my interest because I get to be creative. Lastly, networking has been amazing, since in just three short months I have met so many amazing people with similar interests.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?

LS: I love photography and writing. I have recently started my own photography business and would love to soon create a website for blogging, photography, and any other interest that comes along. 

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