Last weekend I got to spend time listening to some of the most accredited PR professionals in the country share their experiences and words of wisdom at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Conference. To top it off it was in the beautiful, historic city of Philadelphia and I was accompanied by some of my favorite pre-professional PR gals from PRSSA at LSU.
The conference was filled with people passionate about the industry and what Public Relations has to offer. Every session assured me that I had made the right decision three years ago to make PR my major. Speakers repeatedly said “you never work a day, when you love what you do.” That sounds like my cup of tea.
I could tell that the professional speakers or professionals at PRSA mixers were genuinely invested in helping the younger generation. They reminded us to look for mentors, connect with them and pick their brains. Knowing that there is a network of professionals who have my back makes having to eventually go out into the work force a little less terrifying.
Maybe I am on a PR “high” from conference or maybe I am inspired by all of the wonderful people I met, because ever since my plane touched down back in Baton Rouge I have been constantly thinking about my future career. In an excited, enthusiastic way. Not the dreaded, terrified way I usually think about the future.
When I started writing this post I really didn’t know what I wanted to write about, but felt I had to write something about conference. Now I am realizing that I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who made conference such a wonderful experience for me. So, thank you to the PRSSA National Committee for putting it all together, Drexel University for hosting conference, PRSA for all of the great connections, Dr. Moore-Copple for feeding us starving college kids and my fellow PRSSA members for all of the memories. With out all of y’all conference would not have been the experience it was.