I have always loved AU and its School of Communication. My mother actually went to AU back in the 1980s, and double majored in Foreign Language & Communication Media and Psychology. So, during welcome week of my freshman year, when I went to SOC’s fall involvement fair, I put my name and email down at every table there. To be honest, I was a little bit hesitant about PRSSA at this time because 1) I was not a PR major (I was a Communication Studies major at the time), and 2) you had to pay $70 to become a member. Nevertheless, I signed up for emails. Fast forward weeks later, I received an email in my inbox about PRSSA and immediately started researching more about them through their website and social media pages. Under the FAQ page is where I finally said to myself, “Okay, let’s join this. Why not, right? There are so many networking opportunities and fun events!” And to this day, I don’t regret it one bit.
PRSSA has been there for me through the ups and downs. Not only have I made many professional connections that could help me in the future, but I have also become super close with people who are just as passionate about the communications field as me. PRSSA and our site visit to NYC last year is what ultimately made me want to change my major to Public Relations & Strategic Communication. It was a very special and powerful feeling when I said to myself, “This is my future. This is where I need to be. This is my career.” I am extremely honored this year to be AU PRSSA’s Membership Director because I want everyone to feel the same rush and energy that I do whenever I come back from a really good chapter meeting, site visit, or event that we host. I want members to become inspired and think to themselves, “I am so excited for my future.”