How involved is too involved?

By Allison Rumsas

As Scripps students, it is in our nature to be as involved as possible. Thankfully, Ohio University has hundreds of organizations that are always looking for PR or advertising help, making the options endless for a strategic communications major. With these endless opportunities it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the never-ending meetings and group projects. So, to keep you on top of your game, here are a few tips to help you not get too swamped while also maximizing your experience within an organization:

Look out for emails from your specific college. The involvement fair is an easy way to see all the organizations on campus at one time, but if you’re stuck looking for an organization to join in the middle of the year, keep an eye out for emails. I am constantly getting emails from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and different organizations about meeting times and any and all upcoming events. In most cases, the organization’s contact information is listed and you can email them for more detailed information about their organization.

Research. Google all the different organizations that you are interested in. Most of them should have websites and several social media accounts that you can start to follow and explore. Check out the work they did last year and the different opportunities they have for the members of the organization. Keep in mind what you hope to get out of an organization and how much time you are willing to invest in an organization.

For the love of Ohio University, check your email! Remember that these organizations are run by students, so be patient when waiting for an email response! They have one email to pitch an organization to you, so although it might be long, it will have a ton of information about meeting times and goals for the semester and year. See if their meeting times will fit into your schedule and if their goals line up with yours. These could be the determining factors of whether or not you decide to become a member of that organization.

Now it’s time to choose. Now that you have received some more information about the organization via email and have looked into the work the organization has done, you can pick an organization, or organizations, that would be best for you. But remember, the more organizations you join, the more stressed and spread thin you will be. I think that this is the time to be picky in your college career and choose one or two organizations that you think will benefit you the most and that you can grow with throughout your entire college career.

Get the right amount of involved. The first couple of weeks in a new organization can be a bit overwhelming, but remember to have an open mind! Go to all the meetings you can and sign up for sub-committees or any opportunities to provide extra help. The more you sign up for, the more work you have to do, so start slow, you don’t want to stress yourself out by signing up for too much at one time! And never be afraid to reach out to members of the executive board if you have any questions or need any guidance.

Being involved in college and community life is an essential aspect of your resume that employers will notice when you’re looking for an internship or job. Instead of spreading yourself too thin in multiple organizations, stick to a couple that you are passionate about and can see yourself growing with throughout your college career. In my opinion, it is better to be more involved and have more responsibilities in one or two organizations, than to be running around campus trying to attend five different organization meetings per night.

If you’re still looking to get involved with PRSSA, join us tonight in Scripps 111 at 6 p.m. We always welcome new members!

Separation anxiety and other #PostGradProblems

By Samantha Tischler

As I sat in the Convocation Center, surrounded by familiar faces from the past four years, it finally felt real. We were graduating.

I wanted to jump up and down. I wanted to burst with excitement about having my whole life ahead of me. But, in reality, it was all I could do not to sob like Kim Kardashian every 20 minutes. How were we supposed to do this? Why did we all have to pack up our lives and leave a place that seemed like it was begging us to stay?

In my four glorious years at Ohio University, I made friends who became family, ate breakfast at Union Street Diner and watched performances at Donkey, Mem Aud and Front Room. I played a million games of euchre. I travelled to Italy, Germany, Chicago and San Francisco. I ate cookie dough out of the tube and stayed up all night with my roommates talking about everything and nothing. I fested and Halloween-ed. I tried to pretend like I appreciated craft beer. I ate Tornado Potatoes (dill-flavored, because obviously), laid out on South Beach and camped in Hocking Hills.

I knew the best coffee, sandwiches, Greek and hotdogs. I knew what to buy at Wal-Mart and what to buy at Kroger. I knew which streets were one-way and which meters were safe from parking tickets. I could walk up Court Street at 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. and be completely at home.

But then the magic ended. We tossed our caps in the air, loaded the U-Hauls and moved on. I spent the next few weeks alternately letting go and putting down roots. I moved to Cleveland where I was offered a job at PR Newswire; a job I never would have found had I not joined PRSSA.

I became a member of PRSSA my sophomore year and never looked back. Not only can I credit almost all of my professional development to this organization, it also gave me some of the greatest friends and memories I could have asked for. PRSSA was and is a family of driven, passionate men and women who share a love for all things PR.

The thing I’ve realized is that PRSSA, Ohio University and Athens gave me everything they had to give. They made me independent, capable and confident. They gave me the tools I needed to be successful in a new career, in a new city, with new people. And really, what more could I ask for?

So yes, all of life’s most fabulous things must come to an end. But when one door closes, another opens. Because of the opportunities OU and PRSSA offered, Cleveland’s door is wide open for me now. I can only hope what’s inside is half as good as what I left behind. 

Scripps PRSSA, the crazy family you’d be even crazier not to join

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. 

#ScrippsSummerChallenge Week 4

It’s the end of week four of our Scripps Summer Challenge and we PRSSA-ers are still going strong! 

This week’s challenge was to grab coffee with a PR professional to network and “pick their brain” for wisdom. Although intimidating, this challenge presented a great opportunity to hang out with a PR pro on a more intimate basis and form a close relationship. 

Check out our members’ tweets about their experiences:

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We are one week closer to giving away the awesome Ohio University journalism tee participation reward. Don’t forget to look for next week’s challenge in your inbox!