Think back to your first few weeks as a freshman in college.
I’m sure we all made those frantic calls back home in which we were convinced we were simply meant to join the fast food industry because we really just didn’t know what we were doing. “You’ll find your place,” said every adult we’ve ever known. “Just get involved!”
So we gathered our group of equally confused, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshmen and made our way to the ever-confusing involvement fair on College Green. With so many organizations offered, we couldn’t even distinguish which paths we’d traveled thus far; the Renaissance and fencing clubs dressed in full attire served as our only road marks.
We’d sign up aimlessly, questioning how we’d ever manage to attend all the meetings, nevertheless find the buildings in which they’re located.
But then we, the PR geeks of OU, found PRSSA and ImPRessions. It’s like a love story waiting to happen.
Hand-in-hand, the aspects of these organizations calmed my anxieties concerning whether I was even on the right track to being in the perfect major.
Here’s how I knew I had found my new home:
Sense of community. I never felt uncomfortable at a single meeting. Though I can’t speak for every member of PRSSA and ImPRessions, I’d say it’s pretty safe for me to assume that the chapter is welcoming to new members and anyone interested in exploring the world of PR.
Everyone shows respect. I feel as though I could say the most ridiculous idea possible in my ImPRessions account meetings, and my fellow associates and executives would take it into consideration and see how we could build off it. Even though I’m the only freshman in my ImPRessions account, my ideas are valued just as much as members who have been participating in the organization for multiple years.
Clear sense of professionalism. The young men and women of these organizations have figured out a way to utilize social media in a fun, yet professional manner in order to branch out to other PRSSA chapters and PR professionals. They make communication seem effortless while they build a solid professional background that will help them in their future careers.
Opportunities for advancement. Opportunities to excel in PR are constantly available. Smaller projects within each ImPRessions account are offered regularly, whether it is researching an aspect of copyrighting or getting the opportunity to map out a social media calendar for a professional account.
Looking back now, I can’t believe I’ve only been at OU for 10 short weeks. I feel like I’ve gained a world’s worth of wisdom since that confusing time at the involvement fair. I think I can attribute a great amount of this wisdom to both PRSSA and ImPRessions.
-Amanda Moline is a freshman studying strategic communication. Keep up with her trials and tribulations of freshman year at @mandamoline.