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Coming into this semester, I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my Communication degree. I spent this semester getting to know the different aspects of Communication so that I would have no regrets about the path I chose. Public Relations was definitely the one concentration that I knew the lease about, however, after taking my first PR course, I already feel like a PR expert! I know I still have a lot to learn, but I can proudly say that I feel much more comfortable about how PR works. At first, I assumed that public relations was the same thing as marketing and sales, so I was shocked to see how it actually consisted more of networking and working with different publics in many situations, not just sales. This past summer, I had a marketing internship that was just not for me. I hated the internship so much that I considered dropping this class because the internship program had described itself as a form of PR. However, I am very glad that I decided to stick with this course because although we had a lot of work to do, it didn’t really seem like work. I really enjoyed working with all the different kinds of social media, especially the blog and LinkedIn, and studying about how to handle crisis situations. I also like how interactive the class was. I have so many classes where I come in, sit through a lecture, and leave without even knowing the name of the kid sitting next to me. I liked how Professor Mullen emphasized how knowing people was a key factor in succeeding and I love that she encouraged us to get to know one another and to increase our network in every way possible. Even if I do not decided to pursue a career in the field of PR, I believe that I have learned skills in this class that can and will help me in any future career choice I make.