Well, we’re nearing the end. It feels like this semester has flown by at the speed of light. I remember the first day I walked into class and was sitting by some of the people in my group who I have now grown close to through this semester of working together. I’ve had a great experience working with SmokingWords and my fellow team members this semester. Now being at the end of it all, I have time to reflect on what I’ve learned .
This course has been the most challenging course I’ve ever taken. Strictly considering the PR writing part of it, my knowledge has expanded to many different aspects which have allowed me to be prepared for multiple situations. Before starting this course I didn’t know what a social media release, storyboard or media advisory was. Now I feel like if a future employer were to approach me with an assignment involving any of these things I would at least have an idea of what it was and a general feeling of how to go about it. Writing for a deadline has been one of the most challenging aspects of this course. In-class writings were usually due at the end of class which was always difficult to do. However, this taught me how to perform in a situation where great amounts of time might not be available. As I alluded to previously, learning how to write for many different professional situations has been one of the biggest advantages of this course. Writing assignments not only consisted of public relations topics but also topics that someone would encounter in an advertising or political communication field. Unfortunately, the Manship school does not require public relations students to take any public speaking courses. Therefore, when the time came to write and present a speech, I was very unprepared. However with help and advice from Dr. Moore and valuable feedback afterward, I got through it and now feel a bit more comfortable speaking in front of people.
This class was also very helpful in giving real-world advice on how to conduct ourselves when we get into a professional environment. Dr. Moore gave us advice about how to interact with journalists (What’s your deadline?), foster client relationships and develop and maintain a personal brand. I found the lecture on digital portfolios to be especially informative and valuable. The guest speaker was ready to answer any questions we had and, having seen multiple portfolios herself, I know she knew what she was talking about.
I have learned how to think creatively both in design tactics (something I focused on more in my previous blog post), and creative tactics to make our Great American Smokeout event successful. Lessons learned through my experience with SmokingWords were enumerable. Watch the video Ryan, our account liaison, and I made reflecting on this below!
Hope you’ve enjoyed my thoughts on service-learning with SmokingWords throughout this semester. It has been a pleasure. See ya next time!
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