Student organizations sway students

By Megan E. Holt

Students interested in joining clubs in fields such as journalism, public relations and advertising gathered together Wed. to listen to others who are actively involved on campus.

Represented organizations included AWC, or Association for Women in Communication; PRSSA, or Public Relations Student Society of America; SEPA, or Student Event Planners Association; Ad Club; Apple, Inc.; SPJ, or Society of Professional Journalists; KTSW radio; Bobcat PRomotions; and The University Star.

“Being involved is something that has great benefits,” said Aubri Nowowiejski, PRSSA, SEPA and AWC president and public relations junior, said. “I highly encourage it. I always say that there are two parts to learning – the classroom structure and actually getting out there and practicing what you learned in the classroom.”

According to PRSSA’s vice president and advertising senior, Yenny Ruiz, PRSSA is a club designed to prepare students for interviews, networking and leadership roles. She said PRSSA trains students with how to deal with professionals in a professional field, how to eat during an interview and how to walk into a room.

According to Ben Wirtz, Ad Club secretary and advertising senior, Ad Club is an organization that provides students with opportunities to network professionals at advertising agencies.

“It’s important to network with everyone because your peers will be out there with you competing for jobs,” said Marissa Deslatte, Ad Club treasurer and advertising senior. “Large agencies ask us to bring résumé and hand them out with our business cards.”

Wirtz said students who are highly involved in organizations are better prepared.

“I am a member of PRSSA and SEPA, but am interested in Bobcat Promotions and Apple, Inc.,” said Briana Medrano, pre-mass communication freshman. “We were swayed by the meeting to look into other organizations that may also be helpful.”

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