Before high school, I never really had a complete interest in any particular subject. When I got into high school, I realized that I liked writing papers. Also, it was clear to me that math and certain sciences were not a huge interest of mine. I liked reading and writing in English class and other classes, but I didn’t absolutely love it. During my senior year of high school, I took AP Psychology and it greatly interested me. I was still unsure about what direction to take, and graduation was approaching. All of my friends seemed confident with where they wanted to go to college and for what, but I was still undecided. At the time, all I knew was that I liked writing and I enjoyed learning psychology.
I knew I wanted to go to college, but I was still undecided on what to focus my studies on. My parents suggested that I stay close to home, since I was still unsure about what major to pursue. I chose CCBC, and that’s where I spent my first year of college. I took 12 credits, and had a part-time job. I took basic liberal arts classes. My goal was to expand my knowledge to see if I had any other interests. After a year, I chose to transfer to Slippery Rock University (SRU), and I declared my major as psychology. I ended up changing it after a semester, because I felt like it wasn’t the best choice for me. During my first semester, I took Introduction to Public Relations and Communication Concepts as other required liberal studies, and I enjoyed both. These classes are what made me decide to change my major to a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. I chose to keep psychology as a minor, because I still enjoyed learning about it. I continued taking the required classes for my major and minor, and realized I liked a lot of the PR classes. In the middle of my junior year, I switched my major to Bachelor of Science in Public Relations.
It wasn’t until my junior year that I felt comfortable with myself in college. I was finally content with my major and felt that my psychology minor complemented my major. My psychology minor enhanced my PR skills, because it helped me to gain other research skills and to understand the minds of the public. This realization made me feel like my future was finally coming together. It was hard for me to spend most of my time in college feeling insecure about my decisions. I think it just takes some people more time to figure out what direction they want to go in. At that time, it felt like I wasn’t moving forward, because I wasn’t confident in my decisions. Looking back, I feel I have come a long way.
– Kati, CCBC Marketing and Public Relations Intern