“Only two more years left until graduation!”
Graduation! Ahh, just around the corner. It seems like just yesterday we were freshmen coming into this big university getting lost and being too scared to ask for help. With only two years left until graduation, it’s easy for juniors to spot the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Wow, this year is going to be…fun?”
Junior year seems like all fun and games until you realize you’re finally into all of your upper division courses and the workload is heavy. From reporting to tactics to publications, projects and assignments seem to pile up in the blink of an eye. But, this is fun right?
The best thing you can do is to think positive and stay focused. It’ll all work out in the end.
“Learning design techniques is something I never thought I would need or even like.”
Whether you are currently in Public Relations Publications or have already taken it last semester, you are likely to realize how useful this class actually is. You may not think that learning about graphic design and creating letterheads is something you will ever be responsible for in your future career, but it turns out Publications is good for more than just complaining about. Sometimes, in smaller firms or companies, there is not always a designer on staff, which most likely means you will be picking up the slack for this position. Majority of us don’t know where we’ll end up working or what we’ll be doing, but it is always good to have these positive thoughts in mind for your future.
“All of this writing is actually starting to get easier!”
No matter the class, writing at this point in our college career is going to be an everyday task. As a freshman PR major, intensive writing sounds scary and definitely isn’t always fun. But, as a junior, all of that writing becomes almost enjoyable..? Okay, maybe enjoyable isn’t the right word. However, writing begins to naturally flow and you find yourself becoming an expert at AP style and following in-depth grammar rules.
“I am so glad Case Studies is over with…but how do I start preparing for Campaigns?”
Students do not take Campaigns until their senior year, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to prepare. Campaigns is said to be Case Studies on steroids, and whether that’s true or not, students usually begin stressing a year in advance on how they’ll survive this rigorous course. The best thing to do is to take a deep breath and not worry about it…yet.
“What am I going to do with my life?!”
At the end of junior year, reality sets in that you officially have one year left to decide what you want to do or where you want to apply to for your future career. As a PR major, it’s hard sometimes to determine which PR path you want to go. You can go into social media, health, a firm, government…basically anything and everything needs PR. If you have a favorite professor or mentor, make sure you talk to them about any insight they may have for you while planning out your future. College is almost over; it’s time for the real world!