I was sitting here thinking about the 3 pieces of work I’ve got left of this year (whilst thinking about how all I want to do is be a size 8 lying on the beach in Bora Bora with the remaining members of One Direction) and it hit me that I ONLY have 3 pieces of work until I’m no longer a 2nd year. Like, I won’t even be able to pretend to be a fresher anymore. So, I decided to come up with a few things that I’ve learned over the last 2 years and what I want to get out of this summer before I return to uni a fully grown up and mature 3rd year student…probs.
1. I found out what PR is
Excellent first bullet point that, but it’s true! Before starting a PR internship in my gap year before coming to uni, I honestly had very little idea as to what PR is/what PR people do. But now, I can tell ya, I’m 97% sure what PR is (hoping that last 3% will come to me in my summer work placements and 3rd year ;)).
2. I learned that it’s OK to be a bit keen
At school I was frequently told at parents evening that I have ‘potential’ and I’m ‘bright but need to stop distracting other people’. Soz if you were one of those people. I put that down to the fact that I bloody despised Maths so, obvs, my interest was lacking slightly. But when I started uni I quickly found that I really like studying PR and I actually WANTED to do my work. Unlike French A-Level, when I kinda blagged it, I’ve learned that I want to get a good degree, so I’m gonna try my damned hardest. So there.
3. Group work is TOUGH but it’s the same in real life, so deal with it
Yup. Group work is definitely what I’ve struggled with the most on my degree so far. Not because of the people I’ve worked with but just because I have a somewhat perfectionist attitude, which translated means ‘YOU’LL DO IT WRONG LET ME DO EVERYTHING’. However, in the real-life world of working in PR, team work will be involved a lot so I’ve learned that I’m gonna have to suck it up and do my best (and try not to make many enemies).
4. You don’t really need to go to the library*
Maybe not what I should be saying, but what I’ve learned is that I study best locked in my room where I can’t be distracted by housemates/vodka. Some people will obviously work best in the library, which is fine, but don’t feel like you HAVE to study in the library. I feel like there’s a view that ‘uni students live in the library’. Nope. It’s just about finding where you work best.
* FYI – I do go to the library, but just to get books (panic not, lecturers)
5. Alcohol makes you fat
A BIG thing I’ve learned and wish I’d known before frequent nights of playing Ring of Fire. Us PR gals aren’t exactly the shy, retiring types are we.
And my goals for this summer….
6. Get the most out of this summer as possbile
I have quite a busy PR-filled summer ahead of me: a 2 week placement with a marketing & communications agency in the Isle of Wight where I’ll be living (eek!) and a 3 week placement at a children’s charity in Milton Keynes, near to where I live when I’m not in Southampton. I’ve already set up objectives with my mentors for my time with them about the tasks I’ll be doing, and I’m so excited to be a real life PR gal for 5 weeks!
So 2 years of uni are nearly over, and one of the most important things I’ve learned is the effect of alcohol on your waistline. Productive. In all seriousness, I’ve had the best 2 years ever, although I’ll probably be saying something completely different this time next year when I’m about to hand in my dissertation..erm what? Slow down please!!