PR has never even crossed my mind. Until class today. It is a very interesting and all encompassing career path. It requires a lot of writing, relational maintenance, event planning, and education of others within and outside the company. PR is for maintaining and improving the image of the company and improving company-consumer relationships. The instructor speaking to us talked about how he worked for a mining company and how he had to tell the public what beneficial things they were doing for he town and for the environment. Most people have a negative mental image of mining operations but it was his job to portray the good of the company. This seems like such a demanding job but one that is so rewarding. I like how social this career appears and how connected you can be to outside sources. It seems like a very satisfying career and one I would want to become more familiar with and get some experience with. I was interested in finding more out about the PRSSA group and wondered if it would benefit me in a y way, being a Visual Media emphasis… Overall, seems like a solid career path.
Back to the daily grind! Monday wasn’t so bad. Usually Monday hits me like a train and I am not expecting the rush or the homework that I forgot about and everything else that goes along with Monday. But that wasn’t this week! I finished some homework up, a quick paper, I cleaned up my room (I know, real interesting and intriguing stuff right here for a college student) then off to class I went. I also looked great today! I had a blue, pink, purple fine square plaid under a grey sweater, dark skinnies and my tall brown boots. It felt good to actually put some effort into my outfit but still be comfy and presentable. Not that I look TERRIBLE everyday, but I looked a little more like I cared today! I went to class for a little bit then had to leave early to go get my grad plan started. Bad planning on my part but it was important. I actually got a somewhat helpful person at the Academic Discovery Center who helped me out and that was nice. Most of the time these people don’t care or don’t know what they’re doing or they’re restricted from doing anything useful for anyone since they are under the director. Or they’re just too incompetent to figure it out. That was mean… Either way, I meant business when I went and I was going to get my stuff done. I did it in a kind yet firm manner. I have a certain attitude I take on when I mean business and want answers. It seems to work and I stay friendly so I’m going to stick with it. After that, I went to the library to crank out my grad plan on a computer that actually worked with Silverlight since mine is always a pain. I got most of that done and then went to my next class. I like talking about PR in my Comm Writing class because it has a lot of marketing examples and fails, so that’s entertaining(like the recent McDonald’s happy meal box that was beyond creepy). After class I went home and avoided the apartment because all the other girls were watching and shrieking about the Bachelor (ugh!!). Got my laundry done. Didn’t hang out with Mitchell since he was studying but ya know..PRIORITIES! Went to Walmart a coupe times. Watched a creepy move and fell asleep. Great Monday.
Yay Friday! Not really… Creating and saving my cover pages on Photoshop for Interpersonal was a NIGHTMARE! I had fun making the collages and arranging them etc. in PS, BUT my computer was super slow! Most of my time was wasted waiting for the stupid thing to save the files to a PDF so that I could take them to the print shop. I was afraid it wasn’t going to happen before class. While I was waiting for the files to save, I went and “got ready” for the day. I am sad to admit that I am kind of a mess today. No makeup, no shower, no fashion whatsoever. It really could be worse, but I aint feelin’ fly today. I came back to the computer to check on the saved files and it was just taking forever! Finally they saved, i put them on a flash drive and went to AlphaGraphics. I made the guy print them twice on accident. It didn’t take too long for the whole process but I was slightly annoyed that I had made the process go longer. I wanted the pages to be double sided, different sides. He printed four pages at first and then I was going to make him laminate them but the pages would have shifted in the process. So he printed again and the pages were a clean double side with no lamination issues. Except that there is a really thick hair and a black speck laminated into the pages Next I trimmed them and left quickly. I drove home to pick up a few school things and ran out the door. I was only 10 minutes late and waked in on the prayer, but no biggie… Turns out the teacher didn’t even want the pages today. She said to keep them so she wouldn’t ruin them in transit for grading and such. She asked “Who brought theirs today?” and everyone raised their hand. Wow, I could have gotten away with half finishing them. I’m glad I got them done though. They are finished and have no problems and I am good! The rest of class was about listening styles and barriers. Still trying to work on being a better listener, even though I feel like I haven’t had too many opportunities. Now I have the rest of the weekend to do some more homework! It just never ends…
These are in no way professional at all! Just what I was working on. They’re cute and funny but they’re just for me haha
Today has been very productive for my physically.I had some good inspiration to go to the gym this morning. I laid awake for way too long last night looking at workout clips from some of my favorite Instagram fitness champions. I went to the gym in the morning and had a good lift session. I was surprised I had enough energy after staying up until 1:30! The workout included squats, Arnold press on exercise ball, one-arm rows, stretches, and dumbbell reverse flies. I was sore walking up and down stairs around campus today! After my workout, I got all cute and dressied up for devotional. I wore a necklace that my grandma gave to me for my birthday. It’s a cute necklace with big rhinestones, but I never know what to wear with it! I wore it with a light colored jean button up and my black tulle skirt. It was such a cute combo that I just threw together. After I was acceptably made up and dressed, I made my way to the MC for lunch with Mitchell. I brought with me my spinach salad, carrots, apple, and hard boiled egg. So healthy! Book of Mormon was after lunch, I actually enjoyed it this time. I love the Book of Mormon, but sometimes my teacher is not the most entertaining. He can be cryptic sometimes as well… After class I met with Mitchell for devo. Sister Stephens gave a great talk. I walked home afterward and now I’m typing this stuff up! Today has been healthy and productive 🙂 I am happy today. I just feel good.
New week, new ambition! Not really though… I have felt somewhat productive so far, but I still feel all my assignments and tests building up. I feel as though it will all fall out for the end of the week and I will not be prepared or I won’t have enough time. I am trying to balance it all and also decide if I should withdraw or not from my Computer Science class. I do not need the class whatsoever for my major or career progression but I also do not want a bad grade to pull down my GPA or hinder me from doing my very best in the classes that do matter. I’m trying to look at it from a “good, better, best” perspective and so far its looking like I should drop the class. I hate being a failure or a quitter but I also want to do well in other aspects that are more important to me. I hate that I will drop this class then look back on it like I could have done better but at this point I feel hopeless. I hope I can make the right decision…That’s enough for my current internal struggle…
Today we talked briefly about becoming good listeners. I feel like I am a good listener, especially when a friend comes to me to talk about something important. I try to see their situation and perspective, and try to figure out what hey are feeling or thinking by what they are telling me. I am trying to apply this principle to feeling the guidance of the Spirit. I am trying to define what “in tune” means for me personally and what it “sounds” like.
Saturday. Mostly chore day today. I got my laundry done. I got little to no homework done. Did some cleaning. I cooked some great food though! I made an angel food cake, cut up strawberries and topped it all off with whipped cream! I shared with my roomies too 🙂 I also threw some yummies in the crockpot too, for dinner later. I had gone shopping and my mom offered to buy this set of groceries for me, she’s so sweet 🙂 I was able to get some things I don’t usually get. Like vegetables. Sounds bad, but I haven’t bought too many since I don’t eat them in time and they go bad. Then I’m sad I wasted money on veggies and still ate cereal. I cut up some melon after I went to the store for all these things. I’m trying to eat better and be more healthy and fit. So far, its going alright! Later that night, my friends and I had created a fake Tinder profile and we were messing with guys. It was pretty fun, even though I am kind of over it now. Overall, entertaining night and day!
No class today! Well, actually no 12:45 class, but that made all the difference. The day before, I was at the meeting for promoting competitive sports. From that meeting I was assigned to work a booth in the Manwaring Center for Friday nights basketball game. I got all dressed up, wore my new skirt form the DownEast sale, and got the word out for the basketball game. It was interesting to see people walk farther away from the booth because they didn’t want us to shove our pitch in their face. Some people were interested, but most didn’t make eye contact so they didnt have to stop. Some annoying people just grabbed candy and walked away…who does that?? I got some homework done, I went to the gym, I did my laundry, it was great. Later on I went to class at 5 with Mitchell. Afterward, we attempted to go to his stakes dance. When we got to the ballroom, there was no one there! Miscommunication… Guess it ended early… In the end we had a good time running around the MC and being childish. Good day!