I have received my first bit of post from the university I will be attending in September! As you may be aware universities often send their future students items in the post to give them more information or keep them excited about university.
A Foam Cube
Yep, that’s right, future students of the University of Gloucestershire’s Media School were sent a foam cube to build! It probably doesn’t sound all that exciting and yes I was a little confused when I first opened it. All I could think was what on earth could this have to do with University, let alone journalism or media?
But of course, I just had to build it! I am slightly ashamed of how long it took me to make it! Each side of the cube gives you information on how the Your Future Plan team and the University can help you with and achieve! One side of the cube, however, is blank. This side of the cube is for you to share your future plan! How you plan to utilise the degree you are going to get and the career you plan to pursue.
This got me to thinking, what is my future plan? Where do I want to go and how is this degree going to help me do so?
The degree I will be doing is Journalism. So obviously you would think I want to be a journalist! Well so did I! That is until my recent newspaper adventure! Just seeing big newspapers that people generally believe and rely on just copy and paste, embellish the truth and not actually do any research made me take a step back and rethink if this was the path I wanted to go down. Because of that, I am starting to think that traditional, newspaper journalism is no longer the right place for me.
So what do I want to do?
At the moment the world of PR and social media is calling to me. This may well be because I live on social media. Being a blogger it is hard not to fall down the rabbit hole that is Twitter and Instagram. I think the other reason for wanting to go into PR is because at the moment I am on the other side of the emails and the campaigns. At the moment I am the one reaching out to PR companies and PR department trying to sell what little my blog can provide them with. I would love to learn what these PR’s are looking for when they choose influencers and magazines to feature the products and even perhaps change things so the quality of content and passion for what they do is considered more than just the amount of followers one has.
Taking every opportunity
After receiving the news that my independent status has been granted by Student Finance England I am now happier in the knowledge that I will have the time to take every opportunity that comes my way during the course. I want to experience everything the course has to offer from radio to television and everything in between. This means my journalism journey will probably evolve over the next three years with me wanting to pursue a whole multitude of different passions.
I guess writing this post has made me come to the conclusion that I don’t have a freaking plan! I’m just going to soak it all in and know that I will end up at the right place for me eventually!