Why PR?!

By Jenna McCormick

When I decided that I was going to come to Penn State, I didn’t want to major in Public Relations, I didn’t even want to be in the College of Communications, I wanted to be a meteorologists. However, that all changed. I did my first two years at another Penn State branch campus and when it was time for me to come to UPark, I was totally confused and I didn’t know what to do with the “rest of my life!” As much as I wanted to do the weather, I lost interest, and I really didn’t want to spend the next two years doing math and science. So I turned to the campus catalog that was given to me on my first day of college. I read that catalog from front to back. And about a week later I came upon Public Relations/Advertising. I read what it was about, did some research and I was totally hooked. I loved everything is had to offer, there were so many different options.  It fit my personality, and your job should be what you love to do and in this case – I love to talk, laugh, be creative, write, etc. I was also lucky enough that my lacrosse coach at Penn State Abington was a PR graduate and was willing to help me in anyway. She told me about past jobs she had, internships she did in college, and her job at Penn State Abington, Special Events Coordinator. The more she talked about it the more I wanted to do it.

I will admit, my first PR class, I was still clueless but I caught on quickly. The more in depth I got with my major, the more I loved it. Public Relations has that right amount of creativity and business. And another thing, it’s so broad, you can work for an agency, a non-profit, the government, or you can start your business. I like to help people and with PR I will help companies communicate with people – customers, employees, and legislators. We are the people they come to in a crisis. We are the people they come to when they need to promote a new item. We are the ones who write the press releases.

It’s defiantly an adrenaline type job, and I like to be on the move, so I think I picked the career path.  PR is something I have to grown to love.

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