What Did I (Really) Learn from Grad School?

Is graduation really here? It’s been awhile since I’ve written about school. The truth is, a strange bout of senioritus hit early in the semester…followed by a sudden end-of-semester/end-of-school scramble for a perfect final campaign project. My campaign for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) – Indiana Chapter Step Out Walk ended up at 50 pages. 50! Seeing as my Integrated Marketing Communication in Health Care course only asked for a simple campaign plan of “around 15-20 pages,” I can only conclude that this must be my insane attempt at a last grad school hoorah. Only one more final and I’ll…

What’s Your Strength?

Fall semester has started, and I’m excited to have Bruce Hetrick, former local PR agency owner (and public relations guru) as my instructor for my Campaigns class. This class is the last class in a series of public relations campaign classes, and is where we’ll put our valuable PR research and planning knowledge into action. I love the class so far. Because it’s so relatively unstructured, it feels more like a real PR agency than a public relations course (which is refreshing). Last week, Bruce had us take the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 quiz, and then each person with those strengths…

End of Semester Resolutions

Finally, the end of fall semester is nearing. I just got word that our plan for the Indianapolis chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) was approved, and all that’s left is a presentation of my group’s findings on the corporate culture of the Arthritis Foundation in my PR Management class. So, now what? I’ve spent the past semester daydreaming about what it would be like to have whole nights to do whatever I want–no classes until 9, or projects to feverishly finish. I’ve almost all but forgotten what I use to do with my free nights. But, like some…

Mo’ Classes, Mo’ Problems

Summer session at IUPUI is in full swing, which means that (in all likelihood) while you’re relaxing by the pool, I’m furiously working on class assignments. I’m a few weeks into two new online classes, “Issues Management and Crisis Communication” and “Public Relations Theory.” It’s great not having to make the trek downtown, but these two classes–while interesting and integral to my profession–have so far been very challenging to juggle with summer work-life balance. Adding to this, I may have to tack on an accounting class for the second summer session. I have to keep reminding myself that this is one of the reasons I signed up for…

Grad School Lessons Learned

Well, folks, I’d say the reality of grad school has finally sunk in. I kissed my social life goodbye a few weeks ago, when I started work on my research proposal (actually re-work). And, basically, my health and good hygiene as well (who knows what everyone at work thinks!).  But, it was all worth it, because I am finally done with a draft I can be satisfied with! Surrounded by half-drank mugs of green tea, stacks of library books, and piles of scrawled notes–and, I should add, caffeinated to the point of sleeplessness–I’d like to share a few simple truths…

It’s Down to the Wire: 20 Pages, 10 Days

I’m not one to procrastinate on anything (I promise!) but I haven’t yet been able to find the energy/time to adequately work on my public relations research proposal. Which, I now realize is due in 10 days, and I’ve only got the bare bones written down. I’m starting to see how having a full-time job and a multitude of responsibilities makes it even harder than it was as an undergrad to find the time to focus on papers and projects (which I use to think was hard enough). Luckily, I had the idea for my paper in mind from the…

Back to School!

So, Wednesday I experienced my first class of graduate school at IUPUI, Public Relations Research and Evaluation. I admit, it was intimidating–and not just because my instructor is nicknamed “The Hammer.” It seemed as if everyone in the class already knew each other from former classes, some already in their third or fourth semesters. It seems as if, for now, I’m the odd woman out. The class includes a 40-page research paper (20 pages of a public relations proposal and 20 pages of research and evaluation), a midterm, a presentation, and more.  I’m glad I made the decision to stick…