So you have heard for months and months about the PRSSA 2011 National Conference in Orlando. But, it can be hard to know what to expect from these jam-packed five days if you haven’t experienced it before.
Arriving at Conference is an exciting time. You meet with more than 1,000 students who are just as passionate about public relations as you – how cool is that? Everyone is excited and anxious to begin sessions, network and experience five unforgettable days.
Your mornings will start bright and early, with your roommates hustling around the hotel room, putting together chic, professional outfits. Keep in mind you will meet executive-level professionals and potential contacts from across the country, so you should dress to impress every day!
Each day, attendees get to pick from a diverse program of speaker sessions. Most session blocks are broken into four individual sessions on different topics. Attend the session that most interests you (Tip: Make sure to plan ahead to avoid any confusion). In these breakout sessions, you will get to know students attending Conference and also hear from top-rate professionals.
Two of the weekend’s highlights include the keynote addresses on Saturday and Sunday, as well as Saturday’s Chapter roll call. When your college or university’s name is called during the session, make sure you and your fellow Chapter members come prepared with a cheer, chant or song to represent your school.
In addition to these sessions and speakers, attendees get the chance to socialize at the opening night celebration. This year’s opening-night event is “Carnaval: A Brazilian Masquerade.” It’s an event you won’t want to miss! This is the time to network and get to further know those you only briefly had a chance to meet earlier in the day.
In essence, Conference is dipping your toe into that great ocean awaiting you after graduation. Don’t forget your business cards, professional attire and a winning attitude. Finally, don’t forget to register before September 12.
What were you favorite aspects of past National Conferences? What are you looking forward to this year?
This is a guest post from 2011 National Conference Committee Co-Director of Sponsorships, Jordan Barrish.