Rising from the Ashes: How Western Washington University’s PRSSA Chapter Was Revived in 3 Months

Rising from the Ashes: How Western Washington University’s PRSSA Chapter Was Revived in 3 Months

Winter break of my sophomore year marked a pivotal moment in my college journey. Nestled on the couch with my laptop, I stumbled upon the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) website. A wave of excitement surged through me. “How am I just now discovering this?​”​​ I thought. The Society’s name sounded vaguely familiar, sparking memories of Western Washington […]

Changing the Mental Health Conversation One PR Campaign At A Time

Changing the Mental Health Conversation One PR Campaign At A Time

Written for BIPOC Mental Health Month The rise of mental health importance over recent years brings forth significant conversations about how individuals understand it, live with it, and support others in their communities. Even with a significant rise in popularity, however, the topic of mental health remains filled with misconceptions, resistance and cultural taboos- most prevalent in communities of color. […]

Becoming a Supportive Ally for the LGBTQIA+ Community in Today’s World 

Becoming a Supportive Ally for the LGBTQIA+ Community in Today’s World 

It is important for every individual to feel empowered in a community. Being an ally is essential in fostering an inclusive environment for everyone, including the LGBTQIA+ community. But the real question is: how do we become good allies in this society?  Being a good ally is an ongoing process that requires continuous learning, self-reflection, and action. These are a […]

When Stars Align: How a Chance Meeting Turned Into a Mentor

When Stars Align: How a Chance Meeting Turned Into a Mentor

Lost. Anxious. Deflated. Those are the words I would use to describe myself in April 2023, near the end of my sophomore year, when I concluded an unsuccessful summer internship search after completing over 150 applications and countless interview rounds.  Little did I know that attending a PRSA Chapter event would quickly change my negative sentiments. I attended the PRSA […]

The Comeback Chapter: How Engagement and Strategy Revitalized Appalachian State University’s PRSSA Chapter

The Comeback Chapter: How Engagement and Strategy Revitalized Appalachian State University’s PRSSA Chapter

Our PRSSA Chapter at Appalachian State University has experienced remarkable growth after nearly falling apart two years ago. By focusing on key strategies and engaging activities, we were able to revive the Chapter while doubling our membership. As the president, one of the first steps in our Chapter’s turnaround was creating a sense of community. We rescheduled our meetings from […]

Women in PR: Shattering Barriers and Creating Tomorrow at PRSSA ICON 2023

Women in PR: Shattering Barriers and Creating Tomorrow at PRSSA ICON 2023

Throughout our lives, we all experience many “first-times” moments that shape our journey. Learning to walk, ride a bike and write, were many unforgettable “first-times.” PRSSA ICON 2023 is certainly one of those life-altering “first-time” moments for me. Like many of my fellow PRSSA members there, this was my first time at a nationwide Conference. It was the first time […]

2023 Leadership Assembly: Shaping the Future of PR Leadership

2023 Leadership Assembly: Shaping the Future of PR Leadership

Back in April, PRSSA held its annual Leadership Assembly, at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale, Ariz. During the event, PRSSA leaders from all over the country gathered to network with peers, learn from PR industry leaders and participate in the voting process for the PRSSA 2023-2024 National Committee.  The opening night of the Leadership Assembly engaged students in a resume […]

More than a Clothing Brand: Happiness Project

More than a Clothing Brand: Happiness Project

Jake Lavin is fighting against the stigma surrounding mental health with his successful clothing brand — Happiness Project. Lavin founded the company in 2017 as a Junior in high school after one of his classmates lost his battle with mental illness. Through his heartbreak, Lavin created a brand that donates to mental health organizations, provides educational resources and fosters an environment for difficult conversations. […]

How Serving on the PRSSA National Committee Has Helped Me Become the Leader I Always Aspired To Be

How Serving on the PRSSA National Committee Has Helped Me Become the Leader I Always Aspired To Be

I joined PRSSA as a freshman in 2021. During that year, I had the opportunity to serve as my Chapter’s events committee coordinator. I remember attending the webinars and in-person events we planned and feeling beyond inspired by the professionals that spoke there. I admired these leaders’ kindness, proactivity and confidence. If I worked hard and followed my passions, I […]