New Semester, New Chapter

With a week of Christmas break to go, I guess it’s time to start thinking about this upcoming semester and re-evaluate some things. This blog was started as an ongoing assignment for a Public Relations class. I spun it as a career hunt. Last semester and the last few weeks have taught me, I don’t want to career hunt anymore.

When people ask about my major I say “Communication.” It is usually almost always followed by either “What is that?” or “What are you going to do with that?” I then feel obligated to tell them I am in the PR and Advertising track. This statement is always followed by a disclaimer that says, “I know I don’t want to do advertising, and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to do traditional PR. This is just the closest track to what I might want to do.” Then questions like, “What DO you want to do?” are asked. Well, I want to do a lot! Who says you have to pick one career (at least right now)?

This realization is the basis for my new life chapter/blog. I am going to spend this semester doing what I love to do and blogging about it. Why blog? Because everyone has something to say and whether a million people want to hear it or just your mom we should say it because we is kind, we is smart, and we is important.

***I do owe a good friend a shout out and thank you for partly inspiring this blog. She has a really cool blog called Whale You Be My Friend? that you should check out. Kayla is a talented graphic designer who posts so many great ideas from crafting and DIY to entertainment and food and more!***

Yes, another blog about my future

I think I have learn more about myself and what I want to do in the future in this PR class than I have about Public Relations. I have gone from not knowing what I want to do career-wise to an interest in PR to being set on PR to thinking maybe PR isn’t my thing to being pretty sure I don’t want to do PR (at least a typical PR job) all in 1 semester. I do love and appreciate the PR world and career path, but I don’t believe it is the right path for me. So here is another update on what I am thinking and what plans I am making that will probably change more than a few times.

Plans/goals for the end of 2011:

1) Land an internship with Make-A-Wish Foundation for spring 2012.  (I had my first big kid interview today with them, and I am praying I get the internship in their Wish Department. This is the type of career I am leaning towards in the future: an organization and mission I believe in and a job that will allow me to use my strengths in and passions for organization, finding silver linings, and serving others more than myself.)

2) Contact representatives regarding with two potential summer internships opportunities

3) Actually make something I found on Pinterest

Plans/goals for the end of my junior year:

1) Complete an internship and have experience in non-profit work.

2) Acquire a new skill in photography, design, or technology

3) Try not to freak out about the car payment I am supposed to be paying with all the money I’ve been making in my unpaid internship.

Plans/goals for after college:

1) Find a job that I look forward to going to everyday

2) Be willing and able to adapt to all my plans changing

Growth

Houston, Texas might not be the prettiest, coolest, or most fun town, but to me, it’s home. It’s where I was born and raised and where I have my roots. The idea of home has always been super important to me. Feeling comfortable and accepted is what always draws me back to my home roots. Even though I have found a new home at St. Edward’s in Austin, it’s a different kind of home. It is still a bit unfamiliar and new. Recently, I have discovered how exciting the unfamiliar and unknown can be.

A few weeks ago, my Aunt Jane was in town being honored as a 2011 University of Texas Distinguished Alum. I hadn’t seen her in maybe five years due to the fact that she lives in New York and was the editor in chief of a major magazine my entire life up until about two years ago. I had also never had the opportunity to spend so much time with her in such a context where I could learn from her many career and life experiences. She spoke to a few UT Journalism classes while she was in town and invited me to accompany her.  I absorbed everything she had to say and came out with a whole new perspective on how I should be preparing for my future.

Since coming to college, I felt like I was missing out on so many things going on at home when I was at school in Austin. So much that not going home during the summer was out of the question. I always had a job at a summer camp to come home to, my friends and family were there, and my life in Houston was always familiar and easy to slip back into.

One lesson I learned from my aunt seems so obvious now, but it hadn’t hit me until she started talking about how she ended up where she is today. My aunt seemed to be constantly saying yes to new opportunities and challenges over the years. She didn’t stay where she was comfortable. This is how she went from being the oldest of five in small town Texas to an editor-in-chief in big city New York. What if she had said no to going to New York on a whim with a friend? What if she stuck to being a health editor and didn’t take on the challenge of adding beauty and fashion? What if I go home next summer and do the same thing I did last year? What will I learn from being comfortable?

I need to open my eyes, branch out, and be proactive about my future. Home is definitely not out of the question this summer because Houston has a lot to offer, but so does Austin, New York, Arizona and more. I have chosen not to limit myself and to be open to any opportunity.

This lesson doesn’t just apply to life, but to industries especially the PR industry. Having an open mind leads to creativity and the courage to be open minded is a major trait one needs to be in the PR industry. Culture, technology, PR,  and the way people communicate is not just changing, it is growing because people are taking risks and grabbing at opportunity.

I don’t simply what to change, I want to grow.

Five and a half weeks in

Well, here we are, October 4, 2011, five and a half weeks through this PR class and here is what I have learned:

1) Talking about either Facebook or Twitter in every class affirms my choosing to study Communication. (Sorry Chemistry, you aren’t social enough for me)

2) I am not addicted to Facebook and Twitter. I simply believe in its usefulness and am not alone in this belief. Twitter and Facebook are changing the PR industry for the better.

3) PR is more than sending out press releases.

4) Reading Ragan’s PR Daily everyday is more enjoyable than reading the New York Times everyday. (Yes, I used to think I wanted to go into Journalism)

5) The PR industry should not be taken lightly. A lot of hard work and creativity is required to be successful in this field.

6) I need an internship…now.

7) I still have a lot to learn.

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