By Allison Jordan
We all have different reasons for attending Ohio University, but this one fact is what brings us together as one. Simply put, all Bobcats leave a little piece of their heart in Athens. Period.
It’s now easy to see how every experience and challenge I faced, throughout my time at OU, has prepared me to be the best possible version of myself for the “real world.” I’m realizing that even if those four years weren’t the best of my life, they sure as heck were filled with non-stop memories and shenanigans that can never be topped. Athens is a magical place and only the fortunate few who have attended school there can really understand how special it is. Time goes by so fast and before you know it you’re standing in line wearing a cap and gown. I should have listened to Kenny Chesney when he told me not to blink… geesh! Make sure to relish in every absurd moment that passes your way and for the love of all things sacred, get your butt to Union Street Diner, Strouds and Hocking Hills. You’ll miss them.
Once you graduate you’ll gain perspective on some of the more important memories and events that happened while at school. For me, PRSSA was a very common thread in a lot of those memories. I’ll never forget the feeling I had when I received the email that we obtained a Regional Conference bid, or the feeling I had when we walked up on stage to accept a National Teahan Award. Some of my most proud moments in college came from our chapter’s accomplishments. In addition, some of my most fun memories in college are from our chapter events – just watch the vines from our Senior Sendoff if you need proof. I love sitting back and seeing how amazing all the underclassmen are and how connected everyone has become through this organization. Scripps PRSSA is truly a crazy family and you would be insane to not join in on the fun. Need more convincing? Just ask one of the executive board members about the chapter. In a second their face will light up and they will ramble on and on like it’s their own baby. Don’t hold it against them, they’re just insanely passionate about what they’re doing for the chapter and it’s infectious!
Even though you try to pretend it won’t happen to you, graduation will come and you’ll be forced to say goodbye to our secret bubble of paradise. But the good news is that post-grad life is kind of amazing. Who knew? I moved to Chicago three weeks after graduation and it was by far the best decision I’ve ever made – aside from choosing to go to OU, of course. I’m now working as a post-grad account management intern at Zócalo Group. Zócalo is Omnicom’s premiere WOM agency and part of the Ketchum global network. But most importantly, it has some of the most amazing people I’ve ever worked with and a culture that I’ve never experienced before. My transition from being a college student to working full time has been so much easier than I ever thought it would be and I have PRSSA to thank for that.
So, key take away, join Scripps PRSSA. You’ll never regret it. I owe so much of what I’ve accomplished to this amazing organization and the crazy, talented people who mentored me there. In this competitive industry you just need two things, experience and connections. Scripps PRSSA will give you both, and some of the best friends you could ever ask for.