Jonathan Gabriel, Former Vice President of Student Outreach

It’s 2017, and with the beginning of a new year comes anticipation of times to come and reflections on times gone by. I’ve been fortunate to serve as FPRA’s VP of Student Outreach, and in that role I get to work with and mentor a very special group of students – Quotes, the PR club at UCF.

It’s immensely rewarding, this position. You greet the students warmly as they wander nervously into their first FPRA networking event. You listen as they tell you about their hopes and fears for the future. Advise them on what skills to build. See the gratitude light up their face when you help them tweak their resumes. Watch as they stride confidently into Pegasus Ballroom and take on Intern Pursuit. Celebrate with them when they land their dream internship. And then, after many twists and turns in the journey, look on with pride and a twinge of sadness as they graduate and make their way towards fulfilling their dreams.

It’s January now. A new board is starting. They’re young – eager to get started planning the meetings, the agency visits.

Spring. A new year. A new board, and the renewal of my commitment.

Let’s get to work.

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