As the year comes to an end, I wanted to take this time to write about my most memorable moments from the past year (1 per month).
In the beginning of the year, I was lucky enough to win the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association (JSPRAA) James R. McCormick Scholarship. I was invited to attend a luncheon and met some incredible public relations and advertising professionals who work in the Jersey Shore area. I also met some very talented students from the Jersey Shore area who were also awarded the scholarship. Steven Lubetkin took a picture of us at the luncheon.
The PR Advanced: Brand Yourself conference that I helped plan as co-coordinator of Boston University’s Regional Activity was on February 27. More details about the conference are at the PR Advanced: Brand Yourself post. The conference was a culmination of my love for the Public Relations Student Society of America, public relations and event planning. I had an incredible committee who contributed to its success, and it was truly an exceptional day to see everything come together.
In this month, my life changed for the better. I went to PRSSA National Assembly in Austin and was elected to serve as the 2010-2011 National Vice President of Regional Activities. Not only do I get to assist in the Regional Activities across the country, but I have had the chance to get to know some incredible people on the National Committee and in other Chapters who are truly going to make a huge impact on the industry.
After filling out and submitting many applications and cover letters and researching a lot of agencies, I accepted an offer from Burson-Marsteller to intern in their Corporate and Financial Department in New York City. More details about the internship are in my Lessons From A PR Intern post. I didn’t know it then, but I would gain a lot of public relations experience, interact with some of the industry’s top PR professionals and work on many interesting clients (often at the same time).
I have always befriended people who are older than me so it only made sense that I attend Boston University’s graduation ceremony. It was a great “last hurrah” to spend with my friends who were graduating, but it also made me think a lot about my future (and the fact that I only had a year left to enjoy college and potentially Boston). I wrote about my thoughts in my Graduation Reflection post.
There will obviously be a common theme about PRSSA in this blog post, but in June I really began to understand the organization inside and out. Every year the PRSSA National Committee goes to Scottsdale, Arizona for a few days for a retreat to kick off the year. I was amazed at the talent and leadership in the room as we discussed our platforms for the year and got to know each other. The four days I spent with these people were truly the best days of my summer.
On July 14…I turned 21! It was a great birthday and definitely exciting to be considered more of an “adult.” Below is the best birthday card I have ever received!
For my grandmother’s 80th birthday, she took my family on a Mediterranean cruise that left from Barcelona. We traveled to Capri, Rome, Pisa, Cannes, Monaco and Toulon. It was my first time in Europe and truly an incredible experience.
In September I started my last year at Boston University and my last year of school forever. It is crazy to think that after so many years of school and classes, I will not be starting a new year next September!
In October I spent 10 days in Washington, D.C. first at the University of Maryland and then at the PRSSA National Conference. More details about the conference are in my 2010 PRSSA National Conference: Washington, D.C. post. Long story short, the conference was the greatest week of my life.
November was a very busy month. I felt like I had a different event/commitment every night. But I did one thing that I have always wanted to do. I competed with Chris Wilcox in the Mr. and Miss BU pageant as Mr. and Miss COM! We had a few challenges and prepared a skit and dance to Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.” We got 2nd place, and it was a lot of fun!
I was hoping to talk about my smartphone here but since I still have my Blackberry (see #downwithblackberry), I will discuss 2 tweet-ups I went to that I really enjoyed! Harrison Kratz asked me to plan Boston’s TweetDrive to gather toys for needy children. More details about this event are in the Boston TweetDrive post. Zach Cole asked me to be part of a social media task force at the MegaTweetup 2. More details about this event are in the MegaTweetup 2 post.
Happy New Year to everyone, and I look forward to many more memories in the next year as I have had this past year.