Going into journalism 450, I was nervous about the difficulty of the class. The first day our professor had a “coming to Jesus meeting” telling us that this class was our opportunity to start working like professionals. This is a scary thought when all of your other professors practically hold your hand throughout the course and tell you everything you will see throughout the semester on the first day.
Once I got into the class, I realized this was a grand opportunity to test my skills and abilities. The first positive thing that 450 presented me with was the opportunity to be creative and fail. Which I did. I tried hard on all of my assignments and put full effort into my writings. I had ups and downs. Some assignments I did well on and one I fully failed. Normally, I would be crying about the failing grade, but in this case, I am taking it as an opportunity to not make the same mistakes in an actual job.
The second positive outcome of 450 was the challenge the class presented. As the class progressed, we were given a serious of projects from basic PR writing to making brochures and newsletters. I have not been exposed to making things like brochures before this class and had no clue where to start. This was a great challenge because I had to learn to use new programs and softwares to complete the projects within a deadline. Now, I have more transferrable skills and am confident in my ability to independently learn new skills to complete tasks.
Finally, 450 made me faster and more confident in my basic PR writing. Although it was frustrating to get two wrong on my style quizzes and be forced to keep taking them every week, the quizzes made me better. I learned a lot about basic style format and the importance it has in public relations and related fields. Additionally, because we had to do timed, in-class writings weekly, I learned to get my thoughts out concisely and fast, which is something I struggled with prior.
I am thankful for this class because I feel confident in my abilities and will work to continue to grow in my skills. My internship this summer will be happy that I took this class because without it, I would be afraid to fail, not confident in my PR skills and a worse writer.