Joining Student Organizations: Why PRSSA E-Board is One of the Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made
When I joined Temple University’s PRSSA chapter in the fall of 2018, I never quite knew how much of an effect this group would have on my entire college experience. A student group rooted in supporting fellow classmates while preparing for a professional career in public communication, I thought this organization was all business, all the time. I felt overwhelmed entering my first few meetings, having internships thrown at me from all directions before I even knew how to define my major. But something changed the following spring semester; I started asking questions and getting to know the people around me. I became extremely involved in the community service committee, started attending meetings regularly, and realized this wasn’t a typical student organization - these people care.
By the end of the semester, there were about six positions on the PRSSA executive board that needed to be filled because of graduating seniors. To my surprise, several people from the chapter encouraged me to apply for a leadership position despite my class standing as a freshman. I decided to take the opportunity and apply, and to my surprise was offered the position of secretary for the 2019-2020 school year.
After holding the position for the last nine months, I have fallen in love with my role and the people on my team. PRSSA is a group of students who genuinely want to see their peers succeed while making sure everyone feels supported as soon as they walk into a meeting. I feel so supported every single day, knowing I have a fantastic group of individuals behind me to help motivate me to do my best. Joining PRSSA was hands down one of the best decisions I have made towards both my personal and professional development and I am so thankful every single day for the opportunity to help bring my joy and passion for this group to so many other public relations students at Temple University.
This blog post was written by Anne Cleary, Secretary.