This year, I was chosen to represent California State University, Fullerton at the PRSSA National Assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was amazing to be surrounded by leaders who shared a true passion for Public Relations and PRSSA. As a newly elected executive board member, I knew this experience would be crucial to the success of our Chapter. Little did I know that this “gift” from our Chapter and PRSSA National would be one of the best experiences of my life. Below, I’ve highlighted some of the key quotes from assembly that I’d like to share with our Chapter.
“Everything you do is leading to where you will go” Be active in PRSSA! Join a committee, volunteer at our events, write for our blog, run for leadership positions. Even if it’s something small, helping out with PRSSA will help you in the future.
“We have the ability to chose how we react in stressful situations” Sometimes it’s good to just breathe if you are in a stressful situation, then think of how you will react.
“Don’t say you’re in PR because ‘you’re a people person’ or that you’re a ‘social media expert’ because you have a facebook page.” There’s more to our profession than just tweeting.
“Don’t ever bring a problem without a solution” Sometime in our lives, we’re going to be faced with a major crisis. Always have your crisis plan ready and prepare for the worst.
National Assembly was an unforgettable experience. Delegates sat through one of the longest meetings in PRSSA history to elect the new National Committee and attended various leadership sessions. We also had the opportunity to attend a special session and to listen to an amazing keynote address by Mary Tribble, Chief of Events for the Democratic National Convention Host Committee.
I encourage each and every member to apply to be a delegate next year or attend at least one event hosted by PRSSA National. PRSSA has over 10,000 members and the National events are an incredible opportunity to meet fellow students who share a passion for public relations.
Melanie Tep, National Assembly 2012 Chapter Delegate