The Public Relations Student Society of America gives students real-life experiences and opportunities to learn more about Public Relations.

John Gregory is the President of the PRSSA this semester and said it is a great stepping stone for students hoping to pursue a career in public relations.

"Really what it does is it's helping us get experience that we need to prepare ourselves for the real world," said Gregory. "I honestly feel that PRSSA gives those who are communication majors and PR emphasis, kind of a step above everything else because they get those experiences."

Currently, the PRSSA is working on the Star Chapter Award which they have won in previous years.

"It's a nationally claimed award for our own chapter here at BYU-Idaho," said Gregory.

For this award, each chapter must complete eight of ten assignments or projects. Some include doing an outreach to a local high school to inform students about public relations, signing up for scholarships and having students who are graduating sign up to join the Public Relations Society of America or PRSA.

Once Gregory was voted President of the PRSSA, he set some big goals for the students involved.

"We want to push our organization past what it's been," Gregory said. "We've kind of been comfortable getting the Star Chapter Award and we are wanting to push to get the highest award possible... the Doctor Teahan Award."

Gregory said only about 10 schools received this award at the National Conference last year. "It's harder to get, but it's very possible to do," said Gregory. "Why can't our organization be a top 10 or top 20 organization in the nation? We want to push to get to that point."

To learn more about PRSSA, visit BYU-Idaho's PRSSA website or Facebook page. They meet on Wednesday's at 5 pm in Kirkham 101.

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