Choosing a major in college can be quite the daunting task. The majors we select in college decide the career paths that we will travel down following our graduations. I mean, how in the world are incoming freshman supposed to choose what they want to do for the rest of their lives at the age of 18?
Well, if you are reading this post as a freshman who is aimlessly scrolling through a curriculum catalog or as a sophomore who is starting to get frustrated calls from mom and dad about a decision needing to be made, take a deep breath because I am here to serve as your guardian angel.
You see, just a year and a half ago, I was clueless as to who I wanted to be “when I grew up” or what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I chose elementary education as my major during Camp War Eagle because I had always had a genuine love of people and a love for communicating.
I thought education was the right path for me because I couldn’t think of a profession that spends more time working with people than a teacher does. About mid-way through my sophomore year, I realized that teaching was not for me. I didn’t have the passion for it and I knew that a passion for my career was not something I could go without.
I was so lost and had no idea what I would change my major to or if I would ever find something I truly loved. Then, I stumbled upon the public relations major within Auburn University’s School of Communication and Journalism.
This is my guardian angel moment for anyone with a love for people, communicating, problem-solving, writing, and creating. You need to march your way over to Tichenor Hall as soon as possible and apply to join the public relations major.
A degree in public relations covers a broad spectrum of interests and passions, and it can open a wide variety of doors to the working world. The curriculum is challenging, but it does an exceptional job of preparing students for their future careers.
During my time as an undergraduate, I have had the opportunity to not only take course work in professional communication, writing, web design, research, and campaigns, but also have been able to gain practical experience by writing for numerous local news outlets, working with local clients to develop public relations campaigns and working with area businesses to create survey research-based program evaluations.
The skills I have acquired through these experiences have made me confident in the fact that I can be an asset to any public relations team in the “real world.” The best part is, I had these experiences all as part of the public relations coursework. The program is practical and hands-on, which I love.
In the public relations major at Auburn University, you are also required to do an internship as a step in obtaining your degree. This is a great chance to dip your toes into the life of public relations. Public relations internships, like the careers, also come in a wide variety. I, for example, am interning with a non-profit during Summer 2016, while a friend of mine is interning with an event planning company. These are two completely different career paths that can both fall under the same major.
That is one of my favorite things about PR. It is a degree that still gives you options beyond college. It does not map out the next twenty years of your life because it can offer so many different career avenues to travel along.
I am so thankful that I made the decision to major in public relations at Auburn University. It has given me the skills I will need to be successful and has prepared me for a fast-paced and exciting career.
If you are in the same position as I was, having no idea what major to choose, I highly recommend public relations. With the vast amount of career options it can offer to you, it is not a major that you have to fit into but a major that will fit you.