By: Teagan Epley (@teagenepleyy)

A new semester has begun and many of us have the same goal: Graduate. Whether you are a senior or just have early-onset senioritis, college has tested our sanity and we are ready to reclaim it. 

But not so fast – I see you, overachievers. All that time spent attending PRSSA meetings and logging extra hours on your capstone project to make sure it’s just right. Don’t you want something to show for it? A cord perhaps?

Here is how you can get one (* = required):


Attend at Least 4 Meetings*

While some of the following are optional, this is one of our mandatory requirements for receiving a cord. We can’t recognize you for being involved in our chapter if we haven’t seen your face. Come, sign in with me so I can track your attendance, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! The more you participate, the greater the learning experience you’ll have. 


Attend at Least 1 Agency Tour

As a chapter, we organize one agency tour a month. This semester there will be both opportunities to travel and stay close to home. Make sure you stay updated on our socials and newsletter to sign-up for the one that best fits your schedule.

Note: A five-dollar deposit is due to GV_PRSSA at sign-up. This is to prevent no-shows on the day of the tour. If you show up, your deposit will be refunded. If you pull out within 24-hours, you will not be refunded. Any questions, please contact our VP of Professional Development, Sofia Anderson.


Write a Blog

Blog sign-ups will be passed around at a coming meeting. Pick a topic from the list or choose one that interests you. See our VP of Public Relations, Allison Canter, with any questions.



This is also mandatory to receive a cord. Our chapter hosts multiple volunteer events and promotes various opportunities to help others. 


Donate to Be A Rose

We have partnered with Be A Rose for the entire year! Venmo any amount to GV_PRSSA or drop off a physical donation of pads or cash at a meeting and dictate that it is for Be A Rose. Help us in the fight against period poverty.


Contribute to a Fundraiser

Yes, fundraisers are separate from volunteer events and Be A Rose donations. Fundraisers are events or asks where the profit contributes directly to our chapter/program (ie. The Frank Fund). 


Bring a Friend to a Meeting

We love to see new faces! Bring a friend to a meeting and, most importantly, have them check in with me.


Attend an External Event

Our parent chapter, WMPRSA, often hosts events open to aspiring professionals. Attend a networking event, panel discussion, etc. to receive a point toward your cord. Other options include attending PRSSA bonding events or PRep School. More details on these events to come – keep an eye on socials!


You must complete 6 of these tasks (4 optional, 2 required) to be presented with a cord for graduation. 

Best of luck and as always, see me with any questions.


Teagan Epley is a senior at Grand Valley State University studying advertising and public relations, with a minor in business. She is our VP of Member Services for GVSU PRSSA and an Account Associate for Grand Valley’s student-run PR firm, GrandPR. Her aspirations as a public relations professional include deepening her skills in media relations, social media and design. In her free time, Teagan enjoys watching movies or exploring Grand Rapids.