Why I Joined PRSSA/What I Have Learned

By Danielle Raskin

It was week one of college and I was slowly starting to get into the swing of things. I was sitting in my 250 people communications lecture, chit-chatting away with my friends until a voice came to the microphone. It was the previous President of PRSSA who was on the mic sharing briefly what the pre-professional group was about and the date of the first meeting. Her short, but effective two-minute speech caught my attention right away. I came into college as a Communication Interest Major yet had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do. I dragged a friend with me to attend the first meeting of PRSSA, I was so excited to learn more about the group. That meeting was super memorable, the guest speaker was Colleen Cordaro who at the time worked for Anthropologie as their social media content manager. Here I am, my second week of college, learning more in this one hour about real-life work experiences than I ever had before. I came out of the meeting so impressed, not only by the speaker but by how the executive board of students just my age and a few years older ran everything. They shared more information on what PRSSA was all about and what the plan was for the rest of the semester, which included amazing guest speakers, a mentor-mentee program, skill slams, and more. From the start, I knew this wasn’t going to be just one of those groups you sign up for to just have on a resume. This was going to be something, that every single time I would step into a room with these people I would take away something new. And I did. I attended every meeting after that first one, and it has truly inspired me. I have learned about the endless number of paths you can take in our field and how to better grow my individual professional skills. I am so excited to be on the executive board myself this year and learn even more. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have PRSSA, and it is just my beginning.

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