PRSSA 2010 National Conference in Washington D.C.!

October 15, 2010

 

Here we are at the PRSSA 2010 Nationl Conference with our awesome matching journalism shirts.

 

Right now, I am currently in Washington D.C., at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) 2010 National Conference.  We’re staying at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel, and it is gorgeous. At the conference, we have the chance to meet public relations professionals in a variety of industry sectors, connecting with agency, corporate and graduate school representatives throughout the weekend.  By the end of the Conference, we’ll be prepared to bring back the skills we’ve learned to our very own University of Oregon PRSSA Chapter.  Considering the fact that I’m getting reimbursed for this entire trip, I’m feeling pretty darn lucky right now.

We started out the morning by doing a bit of exploring, and found Open City, a wonderful little coffeehouse/diner/bar that completely reminds me of Portland.  I decided on a bowl of vegan granola with nuts and dried fruit with soymilk and a side of hash-browns – which was delicious.  They even have a vegan tofu scramble, complete with hash-browns and toast.   The coffee was great, of course.

 

This is what Sierra's latte looked like. You gotta love the animal crackers!

 

Located on 2331 Calvert Street in Washington D.C. (Woodley Park), Open City was voted Best Breakfast Location in 2006 by CityVoter Washington D.C..  Next time you’re in the area, give it a try.  They even have an entirely gluten-free menu available!

Other than that, it’s been a day of professional clothing and Chapter Development Sessions, where we learned all about how to improve our own PRSSA chapter at the University of Oregon.  Already, we’re prepared to do a complete re-branding of the UO PRSSA.  It’ll be a lot of work, and it definitely won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.  After grabbing some Indian food for dinner, we showed our spirit at the Open Social, the one and only casual event of the weekend.  While there, we networked like crazy with other Conference attendees and traded school-related gifts like pencils and shot glasses (I know, right?  I was surprised to get a shot glass too.  There are under-21-ers here!).

Tomorrow we’ll be up bright and early for a Continental Breakfast, and then the Keynote Address and Chapter Roll Call.  After a break for lunch, we’ll be attending Professional Development sessions, and Officer Roundtable Discussions.

Who knows, maybe I’ll even have some time in there to finish my Thesis Prospectus before it’s due on Monday.  A girl can always hope…

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