American Red Cross speaker visits Otterbein PRSSA


By: Adam Piccin ’16
Otterbein PRSSA President

“Your dream job is out there,” Megan Ford, communications programs manager at the American Red Cross, said at Otterbein PRSSA’s first spring semester meeting on Jan. 26.

An Otterbein University alumna, Ford graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations.  She initially studied to become a nurse, but said she “fell into public relations because someone said [she] would be good at it.”

Ford said determination is key to getting where you want to go, and setting goals along the way is important.  Other “lessons learned” she highlighted in her presentation for Otterbein students included find a mentor, take on internships, keep a positive attitude and follow your passion.

This was the first PRSSA meeting newly-declared public relations major Michelle Moore ’17 attended.  Similar to Ford’s story, Moore just changed majors from nursing to public relations this semester.

“Megan’s story has shown me that it is possible to fall in love with your major all over again,” Moore said.  “The information she provided at the meeting helped me realize just because one door closes, it doesn’t mean it’s the end.  It is only the beginning to a whole new journey, one I am ready to take with a new group of faculty, fellow students and alumni I know are here to help me along the way.”

Otterbein PRSSA’s next meeting will be a general meeting on Monday, Feb. 2 in Roush 429.



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