From sorority girl to PR girl: 3 lessons learned along the way

A young PR professional explains what her experience as sorority president taught her about working in public relations.

Here are three of the ways Greek life helped improve my public relation skills.

1. Managing time—and people. Management skills are a key to success in PR. As part of a sorority, you learn how to manage time—taking classes, doing homework, and attending Greek functions—how to manage people, from holding a chair/executive position to mentoring a new pledge class every year.

2. Understanding the difference between internal and external communications. You communicate and build relationships with every girl in your sorority, and maintain a close rapport with other people involved in Greek life, such as your Greek advisor and your national headquarters. The value of communication—which includes determining what needs to be shared only to an internal audience—is a lesson well learned.

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