I joined BUPRSSA the fall of my freshman year at BU. I didn’t know anyone at the first meeting and I felt a little overwhelmed as the e-board described the different committees. At the end of the meeting, I swallowed my apprehension and signed up for the PRAdvanced conference committee. Looking back on it now, I couldn’t be happier that I did.
I entered BU fairly certain that I wanted to study public relations. After the second weekly BUPRSSA meeting, I was sure. BUPRSSA continues to fuel my passion for PR and has supplemented my education in the communication industry in ways I couldn’t imagine.
I’ve met and formed friendships with other public relations students. When I started at BU, I didn’t know any other PR majors. I met at least a dozen COM freshman in my first few days—four of them even lived on my floor—but none of them were studying public relations. BUPRSSA is a great network of students who can offer suggestions on what classes to take, advice on assignments, resume critiques, and tips on internships and interviewing.
I’ve gotten real-world, resume-building experience. The work I did with BUPRSSA helped prepare me for my semester as an account executive with PRLab and my summer internship. As part of the PRAdvanced conference committee, I’ve learned event planning, social media strategy, and community outreach. I’ve also sharpened my blogging skills as a writer for the Digital Media Committee.
I’ve learned from and made connections with local PR professionals. The public relations professionals who speak at the BUPRSSA weekly meetings offer the kind of education you don’t find in a textbook. It’s refreshing and exciting to hear about the public relations industry from people who work in it every day. I’ve gotten advice on how to stand out in an interview, writing and social media tips, and some really encouraging life and career advice in general. The weekly meetings are an opportunity to learn something new about the industry and make connections with local professionals (and you never know what these connections might lead to).
I’ve gained a lot from BUPRSSA in the past two years and I am excited to see what lies ahead. Becoming a member is a great option for students looking to get hands-on PR experience while also getting involved on campus or students who want to expand their PR education beyond the classroom. BUPRSSA has been an amazing resource and community for me personally and I encourage every public relations student to join.