PRSSA National Conference: Where Your Phone Battery and Data Usage Go to Die

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The Temple Crew

Two weeks ago from today, I was getting ready to travel to Washington D.C. for PRSSA National Conference.  I was lucky enough to attend my 2nd National Conference this year with 10 fellow Temple PRSSA and PRowl members. It was surely a weekend to remember.

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Philadelphia Sunrise

It started when we left Temple University at 6:15am on Friday morning for our 7:15am Megabus from 30th Street Station. It was rough getting up that early after finishing my nails and packing just a few hours before {priorities}, but I knew conference would be well worth it {also we all missed Homecoming weekend at Temple—and a big football win in the rain}.

Suitcases All Packed

Suitcases All Packed

Magically, Megabus got us to Washington D.C. early {extremely unexpected}, and with Jordan as our guide to the city, we navigated the Metro to our hotel to unpack and relax before the conference officially kicked off. Day one was pretty relaxed. The sessions were all student run and offered great opportunities to learn from successful chapters around the country. I liked the session about event planning by The Richard Stockton College the most since I have not planned any events professionally in any jobs or internships. After a short day of sessions, it was time to eat!

Let me just say I ate so well last weekend that I honestly do not remember what I ate on which days… all the meals blended together. Overall I had Chinese, Chipolte, Pasta {twice}, and American cuisine of course. I joked with friends back at Temple saying I ate more in 5 days in D.C. than I have in 3 weeks on campus… sad but almost true. Get ready to drool over my food below.

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The rest of the conference was fantastic as well. I got to learn about Media Relations from Jason Mollica, owner of JRM Comm. He talked about the importance of being transparent and keeping the trust of the media and public. It is always great to learn from Jason as he is also a Temple alum.

Jason Mollica
Jason Mollica

Some other sessions I attended were First Job Survival, Who’s Coming to Dinner: Restaurant PR, How Was Your Stay?: Hospitality and Tourism PR, Shop ‘Til You Drop: Retail PR just to name a few. The whole weekend was fantastic because we also attended some PRSA International Conference sessions.

Even though the weekend was packed with sessions and networking, we did have sometime to have fun! Two different nights, I ventured out to the monuments, which were absolutely beautiful at night.

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We also got to see Georgetown one night, and we passed Georgetown Cupcakes {aka the bakery featured on the TLC show DC Cupcakes}, but sadly they were closed. Instead we settled for Pinkberry for some frozen yogurt instead {like I said we ate A LOT}.

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The last day in D.C was spent at the free zoo! I was so excited to go to the zoo since I haven’t been to any zoo in many, many years. Even though it was really rainy and we got drenched, it still was a lot of fun especially since I got to see a Giant Panda!

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After the zoo, it was time for the career fair and then the White House Corresponding Awards Ceremony and Dinner {aka awards and 5 star food}.

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Megan and I
Megan and I

Then we made our way back to Union Station to catch a Megabus home. While the bus ride was very unpleasant to say the least, we did make it back to Philly.

It was a great long weekend away from Temple and very learning filled. I cannot wait to stay connected with the fellow PRSSA students and PR professionals I met. Next year’s conference is being held in Atlanta, GA, so we will see if I venture down south for round 3.

If you want to read the live tweets about conference, check out my twitter @Sluberski94 or search #PRSSANC {we did trend on twitter a couple of times!}!

~Shaun

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