Where did September go?

I ended my spring semester really looking forward to blogging about all of my experiences this fall. I was planning to write about my communications classes, my internship, my organizations and whatever else I happened to come across. So now it’s October 4th and this is the first time I have touched my blog all semester. I am very disappointed in myself. But you know, at the same time, I’m proud of myself. I’ve been SOOOOO busy with all of these things that I haven’t had time to write about them! And so follows a brief recap of my first seven weeks of the semester…

Classes: This semester I am taking five classes – Greek Civilization, Spanish Linguistics, Public Speaking, News Writing and Introduction to Public Relations.

I’ve been really interested in my Greek class. It’s kind of like ‘story time’ when I wake up in the mornings because we’re learning a lot about myths. It’s pretty cool. Spanish Linguistics, on the other hand, is very difficult. Linguistics is a difficult concept to grasp, so you either like it or you don’t. I believe that I fall on the side of don’t. I’m really glad I’m taking a Public Speaking class because I’m definitely learning my strengths and weaknesses. I hope that I can improve immensely by the end of the semester.

Of my communications classes, I am learning a lot in both. Reporting is not exactly my cup of tea, but I am learning a lot in my News Writing class. My favorite class is definitely Public Relations, which is great because if I didn’t like it I would need to rethink my major! The lectures are really interesting and I love learning anything I can about PR.

Career Services Internship: I’m really into the swing of things with my internship at Career Services. I do a lot of writing and create weekly publications. Every other week I write article pitches for the Student Newswire, one of which has been published so far. I also write social media posts for Twitter and Facebook. In addition to the weekly tasks, I get to work at different events including Fall Career Days,

PRSSA: PRSSA has started off great. I’ve been active in the Fundraising and THON Committees. We’ve just gotten started planning our first t-shirt sale on the Fundraising Committee. For THON, last weekend was our first canning weekend and we raised more than $5,300! It’s been a lot of fun. Tonight’s general meeting featured guest speaker Jeff Krakoff of Burson-Marsteller. He talked to us about crisis communication, which I will go into further detail about in a later entry.

Valley: It’s been pretty slow on the social media front for Valley so far because there haven’t been any events yet, but it’s shaping up to be a good semester! We’ve been posting consistently with much more well-rounded posts than last year. It’s been great having an assistant director this semester as well.

I’m going to try to write more often now that I’ve got a routine going. I’ll check in again about tonight’s speaker by the end of the week!

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