To say that PR 317 has changed my perspective about writing would be an understatement. Before starting this class, I had never even heard of AP style. I had originally thought that I was on the right track and was fairly knowledgeable about good writing and what it took to write as a part of a profession. I could not have been more wrong.
While I knew that there was obvious room for improvement, I underestimated just how different writing for public relations was from any writing I had done in high school or even college. One of the most important things that I learned is that getting good grades doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a good writer. In the professional world, your boss won’t determine if your work is good by simply assigning you a letter grade. They won’t be able to give you feedback, and so you need to know your strengths and be able to begin a job confident enough that you can deliver the very best work.
I really enjoy a challenge, and that is the best way that I can describe this class. Learning a new and unique style of writing that is relevant to what I want to do with my career has been scary and exciting at the same time. When I first learned what AP style was, I never thought I would be able to succeed in this class. However, I quickly realized that it is not expected of me to immediately memorize and be able to write in AP style. It is something that is learned over time, and with practice I am confident that when I graduate and start working, I will be more comfortable with this new style of writing.
Writing has never been my favorite subject. While I enjoy doing it, it was always more stressful than fun to me. While this class was not easy, I often found myself having more fun while writing than anything else. PR is something that I am passionate about, and being in PR 317 has confirmed that writing is not something to be scared about, but something that can be entertaining.
I am looking forward to the future and seeing where these new skills take me, and I can’t wait to look back in a couple of years and be able to tell how far my writing has come. As for my goals in this class, I am more confident that this is the right career path for me, and more confident that my writing abilities continue to grow and will only improve from here.
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