When I transferred to Indiana State University this past fall, I wasn’t really sure why I chose to study public relations. My first semester wasn’t the greatest and I was still on the fence about what I want to do after I graduate. When it was time to register for the spring semester, I selected Intro to Public Relations, with Professor Mullen, as one of my courses. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about taking the course. If I did poorly or absolutely hated it, then that would mean I was in the wrong field…again.
However, I am extremely pleased with the results of taking this course. I’ve been gaining real life experience, as well as, building a portfolio. The portfolio, along with my online presence, will be something that could possibly allow my abilities to be shown off more than any competition I may have in the “real world.”
Aside from the fun and interesting work load, Professor Mullen is an incredible teacher. Her ability to be on the same level as her students is great for the type of course Intro to PR is. She’s not afraid to “tell it how it is” and that aspect is exactly what we, as students, need. Also, having a professor that makes sure you receive a head start on gaining connections is perfect.
I realize I’m bragging about my professor, but when you have a teacher that is enthusiastic about the course she/he is teaching, then you are more willing to enjoy the class and strive to do well. That’s exactly how I feel about Professor Mullen and the Intro to PR class.
Now that the year is almost over and I’m a week away from completing this course, I’ve discovered that I actually am interested in Public Relations. But more specifically, I found that I enjoy working with non-profit organizations and Christian ministries. After working with Ryves Youth Center for our group campaign project, I realized that working with such an organization would be a lot of fun and something I could enjoy doing for the rest of my life.
This summer I am working at Mt. Carmel Ministries, a family camp, in Alexandria, MN. The Christian camp will be a great opportunity for me to gain more experience working with this type of organization. I’m hoping the summer goes well and it solidifies my decision to work for an organization such as this camp.
All I can really hope for is more courses that challenge and prepare me for my future. With one year left in my college career, I plan on working hard and finishing strong.
As football star, Vince Lombardi said, “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”