Boston. One of America’s most historically rich cities, bustling with life and activity. Some would consider it a privilege just to stroll beneath the streetlights of Massachusetts State Capital, taking in the beautiful sights and opportunities that line the sidewalks. A place where businesses thrive, where diversity is alive, where adventure hides around every corner, tucked behind marvels such as the Old State House and the USS Constitution. But on the weekend of October 6, there was one more thing that made this community even more vibrant than usual: the PRSSA National Conference.
It’s the event every PRSSA member eagerly anticipates all year long. It never fails to disappoint. And this time around, it was no different.
The conference itself proved to be a goldmine of information for everyone in attendance. Each day dozens of seminars were held within the walls of the Boston Park Plaza, offering countless opportunities for students and professionals alike to dig into the public relations field and find out their true passions. For Natasha Inglis, “Sports Public Relations” hosted by Nikki Barjon was her particular favorite. “She was so high energy and non-traditional in the way she gave her presentation,” Natasha commented when asked about the trip. “She wasn't rehearsed, you know? She just gave real genuine advice and had so much personality up there. There was a moment where I thought, wow, I'm trying to be like HER.” From discussions about public relations in the medical field to the importance of finding your strengths in the PR branch, inspiration was plentiful throughout the course of the weekend.
But what did they do outside of the conference, you might wonder? Surely our fellow students didn’t just absorb all of this fantastic information 24/7, however exciting and fun that might sound. After all, how could you visit the city of Boston and not explore the streets and all they have to offer? The tour of Fenway Park proved to be the most popular, with the tour of Harvard College piquing the attention of many. “The most fun thing I did outside of the conference was the tour of Fenway Park along with walking through the Harvard campus.” Jordan Farley recalled. “I had the best time, learned a lot about my future, and made memories that will last a lifetime.” However, for some, it wasn’t a particular place that stood out, but the institution roll call for the conference. “It was a lot of fun, and really made me feel proud of being part of the Sac State PRSSA chapter.” Chase Brunson commented. “Everyone did great when went off without a hitch.”
So, there you have it. The National Conference in a nutshell. Makes it sound pretty spectacular, doesn’t it? A string of unforgettable moments and useful knowledge that you can’t recreate anywhere else. For those of you reading this, wishing that you would have jumped on that plane and joined the party (myself included) there’s great news: there’s another chance. The Regional Conference is being hosted by CSU Fullerton this Spring and is gearing up to be stellar. Best part? Disneyland is right around the corner. Not to mention all of the priceless opportunities to connect with corporations at the career fair, as well as the mixer. But Disneyland especially.
See you there!