After reading through my original Writing Diagnostic, I chuckled lightly to myself in amusement. I talked about how I have always considered writing to be a strong characteristic of mine, and how the composure of my essay writing has improved since beginning my college career. I find this amusing because, after taking Writing With PR with Dr. Tamara Bell, I’ve had to once again disregard all previous knowledge about formal essay writing and start from the very beginning.
I think my strengths and weaknesses as a writer have fundamentally remained the same, but have evolved to fit the Public Relations narrative. I still consider my strengths to be acceptable grammar, spelling, and a potentially unhealthy amount of time spent on essay and sentence structure that now includes Tamara’s head poppers. My weaknesses still include writing essays that are far too lengthy, extreme procrastination coupled with a short attention span and unintentionally using said head poppers.
My goals for this class were to consistently stay ahead of deadlines and to fervently attempt to master this new style of writing. As it remains today, I have still not completely mastered writing for Public Relations, but will continue to improve throughout my undergraduate career. However, this class has helped establish fundamentals such as the visual recognition of minor mistakes and attentiveness to AP style writing.
At the beginning of the semester, I had high hopes that I would be extremely successful in this class simply because I was passionate about Public Relations. But now, in our last week of the semester, I find that I vastly underestimated the difficulty of this class. Although I love the content, writing for Public Relations is a lot more difficult than I originally anticipated and will take more time to master than I believed possible during the first few weeks of class.
As I continue down this path toward my degree, there are a few key things I would like to improve. I would like to continue to work on making my writing tighter and more concise. I would also like to be more conscious of my audience, and keep them in mind with every single word I write.
For all my fellow and future Public Relations students, I would like to suggest a few things to help pave the way toward a degree. The first thing being to focus on yourself and your health during your undergraduate career, because building a healthy foundation early on in life is invaluable to your future self. I would also suggest to network as much as possible during your undergraduate career, and take those connections with you down your journey through life and into the beginnings of your career.
As I looked back upon my original Writing Diagnostic, the words of Nelson Mandela rang true, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
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