One of the items on my list of 50 things to do before I turn 25 is to become a member of a club at my university.
The purpose of putting this on the list was to actively force myself to become more active on campus. I was wholeheartedly active while in high school, participating in everything from science club to art club to show choir, cross country, scholastic bowl, and journalism. I rarely had a day free from the multitude of activities I threw myself at, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Since coming to college, however, I haven’t taken advantage of the many opportunities the campus presents to its students. I feel that joining a club was important not only to bolster my resume, but also to get me out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and gain important skills for after college.
I had never heard of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) until Stacey Howard’s (
http://mycauserie.wordpress.com/) Introduction to Public Relations class, in which she mentioned it as a unique career-boosting tool. Well, I’m all about career-boosting, so I went to the first meeting, in which I met some of the members and found out what being a member was all about, while eating delicious desserts. Since the first meeting, I have joined their Relay for Life team, attended a LinkedIn workshop, spoke with previous PRSSA members who now have careers in the communications field, attended a social media meeting, and learned about various volunteer opportunities in the area. This coming Wednesday is a resume workshop which would cost $100 for any non-member of PRSSA.
I couldn’t be happier that I joined the club that I did, rather than an unorganized one that meets “every once in awhile,” is just a filler for my resume, and doesn’t give me invaluable networking and organizational skills.
If you are interested in joining PRSSA, check out prssa.org to find information for the one at your school!