Wonder is a Wonderful Thing

I am finally jumping on the bandwagon and participating in #reverb10. I have read so many great entries, so here goes with my first one.

The prompt today is wonder. To me, wonder is equal to “what if.” I am, and have always been, a “what if” person. This is not something I am very proud of, but I must say it has helped me view many situations in depth before making a decision.

The way that I have cultivated a sense of wonder in my life this year is through the experience I have gained in public relations.

I have only been a public relations major for a year and at the beginning of the spring semester of 2010 I decided I wanted to be very involved with anything and everything PR related I could get my hands on. I started utilizing Twitter, Facebook, other social media websites, PRSSA, CatCom, and the list goes on. Through these experiences I have gained more knowledge than I could ever imagine about public relations. I have also met some amazing people through social media and at conferences. One person in particular is Harrison Kratz. Harrison brought me onto the Kratz PR team over the summer and I have loved every minute of it. I am very fortunate to know someone like Harrison, a great individual that lives by his own moto: “Ambition Knows No Limits.” If you do not know Harrison, he has more ambition than anyone else I know. I feel honored and lucky to be able to work with such an ambitious individual!

The point I am trying to get across, and the way wonder ties into everything I just said, is I wonder where I would be right now if I had not been as motivated exactly one year ago to get involved and to gain experience. Yes there are times when I am extremely exhausted because I tend to say yes to every opportunity that crosses my path, but where would I be if I did not push myself as hard as I do? Probably not where I am today. So while I wonder how things would be different if I had decided to stick with music education, or had found a different major, I know deep down that public relations is exactly where my heart is. I have more passion for PR than I could ever dream of. While I do miss music, I wonder how my life would be at this very moment in time if I had not found, and feel in love with, public relations.

PRSSA National Conference 2010 Schedule

Here it is… finally! I have had my sessions picked out for a while, but could not find time to add it to my blog. So… here it is! 🙂

Friday, October 15
♥Special Session- Why Social Media Is Not a Career — but Strategy Is (Definitely will not be missing this one!)
♥Chapter Development Session 1- Going Global: From Campus Clients to International Success and Six Degrees of SePRation: Linking you to your Future
♥Chapter Development Session 2- Bonding With the Pros: Building a Relationship With PRSA and Creating Your Campaign: Building a Personal Brand

Saturday, October 16
♥Professional Development Session 1- Creating a Career in Entertainment and Sports
♥Professional Development Session 2- The CW Session
♥Office Roundtable Discussions- Publications & Student-run Firms

Sunday, October 17
♥Special Session- Student-run Firm Workshop
♥Pre-registered Session- Third Annual Grunig Lecture — Public Relations Excellence 2010 (So sad I could not register for speed networking!)
♥Professional Development Session 3- Using Social Media to Promote Clients
♥Professional Development Session 4- Everything Internships or To Be Bold and Beautiful. Leaning more towards the fashion PR session, but it would be amazing to meet Lauren Berger!!!

Monday, October 18
♥Professional Development Session 5- Targeting Your Audience

I am beyond excited to get to DC and attend these sessions! There is so much to learn from the professionals that will be there and I plan to NETWORK like crazy! As far as being in DC goes I definitely plan to tour the city and finally meet/hang out with all of my Twitter friends. This is going to be one amazing conference.

Are we attending any sessions together? Let me know!

You can check out the full schedule here.