Life is surreal. The fact that we will be graduating in a mere three weeks almost feels like a joke. I know its cliche, but my four years at LSU has completely flown by. I remember being a freshman, from out of state no less, and feeling like I had endless time to enjoy college. Clearly, I had a lot to learn.
In the past four years I have made amazing lifelong friends, created great memories and learned what it is to be a successful student. The Manship school had a lot to do with that. Our campaigns class has been a complete delight, forcing us to make the change from public relations students to public relations professionals.
Although many previous classes have required group work, I believe our campaigns class was the culminating experience in what it is to work as a team. We relied on each other to do our own jobs, as well as helping each other’s work. We trusted each group member would complete their task at the correct time, and it proved to be a successful work environment. I think our group has had a cohesive bond from the start and it has definitely helped!
In imagining what my public relations career would look like, I had not pictured an involvement in the non-profit sector. After working with Playmakers, I may have changed my mind. It has been a different process than I expected, in a positive light. I have enjoyed planning the events and contacting different restaurants to help promote Playmakers and increase donations. There are many avenues to take while promoting a non-profit, and they lead to some pretty great people and opportunities.
Another reason I believe our campaign is successful is the people we have worked with. The Playmakers staff has been amazing, Karli especially. I have enjoyed working with her, she has been a blessing to The Reilly Agency. She showed appreciation for the work and effort we put forth, which made our team want to work even harder. It is obvious the staff loves their jobs, and it translates into what they do for Playmakers.
As I move on from this phase of my life to the next, I am happy to know that I have an amazing education and experience behind me. I am looking forward to all my career and life has to offer in the future!