A note from Jeff Morosoff: Hofstra Honors College students in my PR Fundamentals class are required to submit guest blog posts throughout the semester. The following was written by public relations major Danielle Zolezzi. For my regular post, scroll past this guest column.
So much has happened in the last few days, it’s got my head spinning. Last Thursday night, Hofstra’s PRSSA held its annual Networking Dinner and Monday the “Intern Queen” spoke to students. Both events were so informative and helpful, and I’m grateful for having been in attendance.
Last Thursday night, over 70 students and business professionals filled the Plaza Room in the Hofstra University Student Center with the objective to build professional business relationships. PRSSA has been hosting this event for the last seven years and this year’s program was a huge success. I went into it without really knowing what to expect. I had no idea that it would be so easy to connect with the professionals and that we would actually have a lot in common. Even more shocking still was just how young almost all of them were. It is extremely motivating watching someone about your age doing exactly what you want to do. They had some great advice, stories, and experience to share and it was much appreciated.
On Monday, Lauren Berger (aka the “Intern Queen”) spoke to Hofstra students about internships, careers, and connections. I was excited to hear her speak because as a PR student, internships are all I can manage to think about. However, she touched topics that went beyond all that. Ms. Berger was truly inspirational and empowered everyone to become a go-getter and never take “no” for an answer. The Limited sponsored her visit and the representatives also had great fashion tips for the audience. Ms. Berger even signed my copy of her book! Kudos to Isabella Jacobsen and her right hand man Cody Dano, and with the help of PRSSA, for putting together such a great event.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is a saying I never fully understood or believed before Thursday night. After hearing testimony from multiple people, I am now completely convinced of the cliché. Getting involved, meeting new people, and staying connected is a challenging yet exciting part of what public relations is all about.