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Leaving Your Impact

As citizens of the world, it is in our nature to desire to create an impact — whether it be in the world, our scholastic endeavors or personal lives. Public relations has the innate ability to create a meaningful impact through various messaging tactics.

With a world inhabited by millions, it can be discouraging to think about how to create a worldwide impact, but think about your personal world, what you can do to make an impact on those around you. Think about how you can change their “world.” As PR professionals we often think very “big picture” and can get lost in the idea. Sometimes we need to take a step back and realize that even the smallest events can lead to the largest of impacts.

As students, we can also make our impact through various involvements both on and off campus. Campus leadership positions can bring necessary and innovative improvements to different organizations. Even more important is realizing you don’t have to hold a specific position to curate long-lasting impact. When there is opportunity for change, there is opportunity for initiative-taking leaders.

The quintessential aspect of creating impactful moments is one’s ability to share one’s knowledge. Especially as young public relations practitioners eager to take on the “real world,” it is our duty to share knowledge with the greater public.

On a student level, this can be done through speaking with fellow peers about what it is you’re passionate about and finding a way to help others with your passions. For example, I am quite interested in personal branding and have utilized this passion to enlighten fellow peers and various companies.

In our collegiate careers it is crucial we seek mentorship opportunities to enhance personal and professional endeavors, as well as equally look to mentor those younger than us. We have the responsibility to shape those of younger age through passing along our insight to them. It is wise to not take this responsibility lightly.

Taking initiative to make your impact is a vital part of the public relations industry. Doors do not always open for you in the industry; you have to open them yourself. It is up to you to create opportunities and share your knowledge with those around you.

Taking this initiative has been the most common and valuable piece of advice I have received from numerous PR practitioners. The PR industry is quite individualistic, so we must place emphasis on how we will impactfully create our statement in our personal and professional communities.

Life, whether objectively or figuratively, means more — it ventures beyond academic halls and office building walls. This is where making an impact is most important. Stripping down from our day-to-day roles and responsibilities, we are human and this nature of just “being” is inevitably lost in the hustle.

It is crucial we take the time to check our mental stability and that of others. Think about how you will make an impact on your friends, family members, people you just pass by. In this whirlwind journey we partake in, take a moment to breathe.

So, how will you make your impact?

Written by Katrina Waelchli, VP of Social Media


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