When I first arrived at Temple, I don’t think I could have imagined I would be where I’m at now--being on an executive board for two years, being a junior account executive at a student-run public relations firm, writing weekly articles, any of that. I didn’t even know what public relations was, or that I could major in it.
I committed to Temple as a journalism major. I knew that I loved to write, but I had no idea what I wanted to do with that. I took my first two journalism classes and immediately hated it, and I switched to public relations after one semester. The idea of journalism had scared me. The idea of going up to random people to interview them for projects (or even extra credit) terrified me. I do love talking to people, just not that way.
I remember I set foot in my first public relations class the second semester of my freshman year: PRactical Grammar. I had no friends besides my roommates, and I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. I was terrified that I didn’t have my life figured out and didn’t know where I wanted to go career-wise.
On the second day of class, the president of PRSSA came in to talk about the organization. I wasn’t involved in anything on campus, and I knew that if I wanted to get some friends and learn about what I was getting myself into with this new major, I had to join. I made friends instantly. Turns out, I did have friends in that grammar class. My friends from PRSSA were there with me. Here I am almost two years later, and I still have these friends with me. I even made some new ones
The point that I’m trying to get to here is that if you’re a freshman, or in any year of college, it’s okay to not know what direction you’re going to go next, whether that be in regards to your major, career or in your personal life.
The whole point of college is to learn. All four years are one big learning experience. If you’re worried about making friends, join a student organization--whether that be an organization like PRSSA, Greek life, or more! Temple has so many amazing opportunities that are waiting for you to take advantage of.
Find what piques your interest and head in that direction to see how you’ll like it. If you don’t like it, just try again until you find something that makes you say to yourself, “this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
This blog post was written by Christina Billie, Secretary.