I guess I should probably introduce myself. Not just because it is the next class blog assignment, but because it’s the proper thing to do when starting a new blog, right?
Well, my name is Emily Claire, and I am a Communication major/Religious and Theological Studies minor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.
I am the youngest of 3 born to some pretty cool parents. My mom is a graphic designer and has actually spent part of her career in the PR industry. She is currently the Director of PR and Publications at my former high school. She is the artsy Apple-loving parent. My dad on the other hand has been in technology sales since I can remember selling hp products (previously Compaq) to businesses. He is the practical pc-loving parent. From my point of view my older brother takes after my dad more, my older sister takes after my mom more, and I am the odd mix between them both. I am a bargain hunter (what I do in my free time) who is nerdy about organization and maps, but I can spend hours in Hobby Lobby planning my next craft project. This mix of interests is why I am taking a course on Public Relations.
I chose to major in Communication for some pretty lame cliche reasons. I liked connecting with people, and I had too many ideas of what I might want to be when I grow up so I thought I should learn how to communicate well because no matter what I do, good communication skills are always important. Also, it sounded like a practical field of study unlike Religious and Theological Studies (keeping the parents who are taking out loans for your education happy is important). I thought the Rhetorical and Cultural track would be a good match with a RATS minor, but then I realized I had no idea what Rhetorical and Cultural Communication really meant. So I moved on to Interpersonal and Organizational. That just didn’t feel right. So now, I am in the PR and Advertising track hence my enrollment in a class about Public Relations. After only a few classes, I can already see why PR is something I want to do in the future. With its use of technology, strategy, and thinking outside the box, it, like me, is an odd combination of the practical and the creative.