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I decided to take Intro to Public Relations because I tend to be a really shy person and I know that when I graduate in only a few weeks I’ll need to be able to put myself out there and be able to market myself. I didn’t know what to expect from a Public Relations course but I can tell you that what I have learned is nothing like what I thought. I have learned much more in this course than I have in most of the classes I have taken here at Indiana State University. I feel more prepared for my future and I feel confident in communicating through many different social media’s. Before I began this class I didn’t have a LinkedIn profile and I honestly didn’t think it was all that important. Since then I have connected with so many people and have created a professional image for myself which will be extremely beneficial when I begin working full time as a Realtor.
Not only have I benefited with social media, but I have gained leadership skills. With the Public Relations Campaign group project I have had to step out of my comfort zone and call and email people that I don’t know. My generation has learned to hide behind text messaging and talking to people in person has become very difficult. I feel that I have stepped up professionally because I am trying to support an important non profit that can benefit from what my group can do. I’ve realized that this isn’t a project that can be taken lightly because those who support it take it very seriously.
I only regret not taking Intro to Public Relations earlier in college. If I had taken it last semester then I would have had the time to build up my social media presence even more but I am thankful to have learned as much as I have before I graduate. In college you generally take classes that teach you things that you are unsure of how you will apply it to your future. This course has prepared me for real life situations unlike any other class that I have taken. If you’re reading this and you are considering taking a course in Public Relations, I can promise you that although there may be a little more homework than some of your other courses, you will benefit from this class for quite some time!