My Wrap Up!!

24 Jul

(Since the name of Wraposdy’s blog is The Wrap Up, I thought it would be a fitting title for my final blog post as the PR intern for summer 2013!)

As graduation is nearing and I reminisce on my days at Auburn, I have been thinking about what I have really learned over the past 4 years… And I don’t just mean in the classroom! Here are the top 5 lessons I have learned while in college at Auburn University!

You don’t have to have it all figured out.

When I got to Auburn, I had no clue what to pick as a major because I didn’t know what I wanted to be “when I grew up.” I found out I didn’t want to do Physical Therapy, Broadcast Journalism and a few other things because these are all the majors I tried on for size for a semester before switching to something else.. The truth is, even now that I have graduated from Auburn with a degree in Public Relations, I am still not sure what I want to do when I grow up, and that’s ok! Just learn as much as you can and something will come to you!

Get to know Auburn (or wherever you are going to college) outside of the campus life.

I lived in Auburn, Ala. for four years while in college. It wasn’t until my senior year that one of my professors brought something to my attention. In class she told us to take out a piece of paper and answer some questions. These were a few of them: Name 3 community leaders in Auburn. Who is the mayor of Auburn? Name 2 religious leaders in Auburn. Who is Auburn’s police chief? Etc… The point was, although I had considered myself an Auburn resident for 3 years I didn’t know anything about my community. Absorb everything your college town has to offer, even outside of campus!

The best things in life really are worth fighting for.

You have probably heard this before, but I found this to be very true for me academically. Senior year I was signing up for classes, last minute as usual, and had a choice between a more lenient professor at 12:15pm or the hardest professor for that class from 4:00-5:15pm. I obviously wanted the earlier class, and easier teacher, but of course it was full and I had to be in the later class. It was one of the most difficult classes I took in college, and I am so grateful for it. I wound up loving my professor because she really cared about what I would take away from her class, despite her insanely hard grading criteria. I learned more in that one class than I had in other semesters all together. Although it was hard and I had to put in a lot of effort, the A I earned in the class meant more to me than any other A I received in a a class.

Take every chance and opportunity that you are fortunate enough to get.

After my junior year I didn’t have to stay in Auburn to take any credits, so I knew I wanted to go somewhere a little farther from home for the summer. I wound up with the most incredible opportunities! I landed an internship on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in June, and then went straight to Spain to study abroad in July. It was truly the summer of a lifetime, and I must throw out a “Thank you so much!” to my parents for those experiences. If you ever get the chance to do something like this, even though it may be a little out of your comfort zone, take it! You will regret it if you don’t! I not only learned a lot of new Spanish words, but I learned a lot about myself!

Meet as many new friends as possible, but really cherish and develop the relationships with the people you trust.

College is one of the easiest places to meet new people!  Never forget people you meet in college (friends, lab partners, club memers, professors, waiters at your favorite restaurant, etc..) because you never know when you might run into them again one day or need their help! But one of the most important things I have learned about friendships is that quality means more than quantity. Really pour yourself into your best friends that you trust! Be a loyal and reliable friend to others, and you will be blessed with amazing friendships!

And one final thought.. if you must complete an internship in order to graduate, I hope you learn as much and have as much fun as I did this summer working for Wrapsody!

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