2010: What a Year This Has Been

I always look forward to each and every year with great hope and optimism. Without a doubt, 2010 far exceeded my expectations in so many ways.

This is undoubtedly the best year I ever had in my entire life. The numerous accomplishments I made, venturing into new territories and meeting so many great new people all made this year the best I can ever recall.

I wish I could describe everything that happened this year that made it so great but I might as well focus on the few that stood out the most.

Courtesy: Kevin Ipalari

In March, I was elected to the executive board of Cal State Fullerton PRSSA as an interclub council representative.

Given that I switched my concentration to public relations early in the year, I became very interested in finding ways to become more involved and learning more about the field. Joining PRSSA was the best decision I ever made as it helped me meet many great professionals as well as new friends.

My friends / coworkers at OCTA: Elmira Karimzadeh, Laura Scheper and Marissa Jewell

My lifelong interest in transportation issues combined with my pursuit to start a career in the field took its first major step on May 24th when I began my internship at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). I was hired into the external affairs department as a public communications intern. Working on assignments such as the weekly newsletters and assisting in community outreach projects gave me a better insight into what it’s like to work in a field for which I am interested in going into. I still remain in that position and I am very grateful to work for this great institution.

Yours truly on the Washington Metro

Last but certainly not least, attending the PRSSA National Conference in Washington, D.C. in October opened up a brand new portal in my life, filled with great new opportunities and learning experiences. This was my first time I have ever traveled to the East Coast and I was amazed by the level of diversity among the fellow students who attended the conference. Never in a single setting have I met people who hail from places like Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana and so forth. It was great to learn all about the different concentrations of public relations from the speakers and workshops as well as making new friends from across the country.

Other big highlights from this year include my national television debut as a CNN iReport reporter in June, a field trip to L.A. City Hall in October where I met Council President Eric Garcetti and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and riding as a VIP guest on the new Metrolink train cars earlier this month as part of the Guardian Fleet whistle stop tour.

I’m certainly looking forward to 2011, which I predict will be one hell of a year. I wish you all a very Happy New Year and let’s look ahead to what will be another great year.