During the fall semester of my sophomore year, I pledged to become a member of Omega Phi Alpha. Omega Phi Alpha is a national service sorority. I wanted to meet new people and get involved on campus, and this organization helped with both desires. Our service projects were divided into four categories: university community, community at large, members of the sorority and nations of the world. University community service projects included passing out bubble wrap during finals week to help relieve stress and leaving gifts and food for transit drivers. Community at large service projects included volunteering and cleaning up local parks. Members of the sorority service projects were about sisterhood. We had a few fellowships each semester devoted to helping everyone spend time with each other and de-stress from school. Nations of the world service projects included adopting an elephant in Africa and donating to international fundraisers.
Last semester, I joined the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). I wanted to gain more experience in public relations, network and get involved with public relations efforts at Auburn University. Auburn’s PRSSA chapter works closely with the Public Relations Council of Alabama and often host events together. One of the events we hosted was “Pop in with PRSSA.” We set up a photo booth with props on campus, and students could get a popsicle. The popsicles were provided by Steel City Pops, a gourmet popsicle shop a block from Auburn’s campus.
Another way I got involved on campus was through event planning. During my sophomore year, a fellow student committed suicide due to depression. I wanted to help prevent tragedies like that happening again. I got in contact with a YouTube celebrity to ask if he would help me on my mission to raise awareness about mental health, and he agreed to speak at an event. I learned all the different aspects of event planning. I learned how to stay persistent by going directly to the source. I had a better understanding of the costs behind large events. Most importantly, I learned how to utilize different public relations methods for the greater good.