When I heard there was going to be a public relations conference in Orlando last year, I said to myself, “I have to attend”. I’m so glad I did. What I never imagined was that attending The PRSSA National Conference in Orlando would give me such a great opportunity to grow in my field. I was able to network with other public relations students from all over the country, which was really amazing because we got the chance to share our thoughts and desires about our future plans in the industry.
I attended conference without knowing anyone of the FIU PRSSA members and by the end of the trip, I came out with a new amazing group of friends who share my aspirations. I met a great and talented team of public relations students from FIU that until this day, have helped me broaden my horizons in the field. The most important thing I learned at conference was the many kinds of paths that can be taken within the industry, and which of those is the best fit for me. An experience like this can’t really be explained, it’s something that needs to be experienced first-hand. I was amazed at all the diverse speakers and all the possibilities ahead. I learned about how to handle the media and heard great advice from speakers like Craig Dezern, Vice President of Global Public Relations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and CNN’s famed correspondent, Soledad O’ Brien.
I will never forget this experience because it gave me a great amount of knowledge about the career that I am pursuing and it brought me new friends who are a vital part to my network. Networking is the key. Not only did I learn all of these things, I also enjoyed every moment during my time in Orlando, we all enjoyed the city after conference events in many of Orlando’s attractions.
I am truly excited and look forward to the next opportunity to attend an event of this magnitude and importance to my progression in this industry. San Francisco, here we come!
If you’re interested in attending this year’s Bridging the Gap National Conference in San Francisco Oct. 12-16 email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!