Polishing Off the PR Whirlwind Semester

This past semester has been a blur for me, yet for some reason within the past week it seems to be going by in slow motion. It seems like only yesterday I was overwhelmed with countless assignments, and now all my hard work is being boiled down into a final presentation and a few tests. Is it weird that I almost prefer countless assignments to finals? (Aka, impending doom to my GPA. Just kidding…) My PR writing class, MC 4001, has been hands down the most stressful class I have ever had the pleasure to take. The first lesson I learned in this class is that the Manship school does not mess around with intensive learning classes, this one being no exception. However, in some ways, I am grateful for the countless hours of sleep I’ve lost over this class and the service learning project that came with it.

That being said, I can’t deny that I was jealous of other students who bragged about how easy their PR writing classes were. But guess what? I have learned more than I ever thought possible, and I am more than confident that I can bring all of my knowledge to a client and make them an amazing campaign because of my experiences. So take that easy A classes; I’ll just be over here plotting future campaigns for clients.

In addition to the class being rewarding, the Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge campaign experience was a completely different learning experience. While the campaign initially went off smoothly, with the planning for the SCVNGR trek falling into place, everything seemed to get off track by the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or October.  I will hold onto the fact that CINQ Communications was nothing but professional throughout the entire experience, yet sometimes things just don’t work out the way they were planned. And this campaign was a great example of this. Sure, the campaign didn’t go well, but it happens, and now I know how to handle letdowns in the PR world. That alone is enough for me to take into future jobs, and I will be a better employee because of it.

Regardless of the outcome of my personal experience with the Komen organization, their fight against breast cancer is honorable and extremely important. The Komen influence for breast cancer awareness and research is extremely prominent throughout the U.S. as well as other parts of the world. To find out more about how to get involved in the fight against breast cancer, visit their Facebook and Twitter pages!

Also, in addition to a written post this week, you can hear directly from me in this video, as I bid farewell to this semester!

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One thought on “Polishing Off the PR Whirlwind Semester

  1. Clare,
    I know exactly how you feel about this semester going by so fast. I can hardly believe that I am about to be finished with college forever. I am so nervous about this upcoming finals week, but I have faith that all of those countless assignments have prepared us to finish strong. I do agree with you about the amount of stress caused by this class. It was hard constantly hearing about how easy the other PR writing classes were, but hopefully we will benefit in the end from all of our hard work. I’m sure that we will be thankful that this class pushed us so hard when we head into our final PR campaigns class, not to mention how well it will prepare us for our future careers.

    I’m sorry to hear that your group did not have a good experience with your client. I hope that you still took away some valuable learning experiences even though your event may not have turned out quite like you wanted it to. I’m glad that you are still staying positive and trying to make the most out of the situation.

    My group, Prism Communications, is preparing to wrap up the rest of our project with Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail Association. We will be holding our SCVNGR event this afternoon at 3 p.m. in Ponchatoula, La. You should check out the LNQTA Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-Northshore-Quilt-Trail-Association/119736191463150?ref=ts&fref=ts, or my blog for updates on how the event went for us. Hope you have a happy holidays.

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