By: Steve Munoz
There are times in a person’s life when they regret not taking advantage of an opportunity that could have changed the course of their professional careers. I avoided this by deciding to attend the 2019 PRism Award Gala. PRSSA Long Beach members Alex Torres, Jordan Hall and myself volunteered for the gala without really knowing what to expect from it. I’m still deciding on whether or not to pursue a public relations bachelor's degree, so I was skeptical on whether to attend. However, it was a great opportunity to network with PR professionals and to learn more about the profession.
At first me and the guys didn’t know what to do, we were just students at some big gala! What helped us break the ice and something that I truly appreciated was that Professor Holly Ferris, who teaches and mentors at Long Beach State, introduced us to some of her colleagues.
“What industry are you guys interested in?” Ferris asked. Without hesitation she started to take us around the venue and introduce us to her colleagues. We garnered useful tips and even collected some business cards! We later served as ushers and controlled traffic through the hallway and other completed other small tasks.
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