As this Writing for Public Relations class comes to an end I wish I would’ve prepared more for this class. I didn’t have anyone to tell me what to prepare myself for. Luckily, I’ve made a list for you of the top 7 things you will need to prepare yourself for.
Deadlines are your top priority in this class unless there is an emergency with you or the professor deadlines will be moved other than that you have turn in everything at the set time. Be prepared for a big deduction or a zero on the assignment for being turned in late. Our professor emphasizes on the importance of deadlines on the real world by being hard on due times with our assignments.
2. Learn Fast
This course is full of material you need to learn and it is all cramped into a semester. This is a fast paced class it is not for slackers or those who do not plan on attending class. If you miss one day in this class you are officially behind and it will be hard to catch up. In this class we go over the material then apply what was taught on real-world assignments. For example one day in class we may learn about what a press release is the next day in class we are already preparing to make a press release to turn in the by the next class.
3.Be prepared for lots of work.
Writing for Public Relations has a lot of work you must get done. Our professor will assign you at least two assignments per week to turn in. You have to be able to balancing your the amount of time you will spend on each assignment in order to move on to the next assignment. Having an agenda can help you balance when to do what.
Your best friend will be your AP style book. The AP style book will help guide you on how to write correctly for this class. Revise your work a million times so it will be flawless.
If you need help do not hesitate to visit your professor during office hours.That is what they are there for. If you have any doubts about how to do something ask your professor to help you go through the assignment step by step. You can also email your professor to clarify things in an email .
6.Make your classmates your friends.
Make your classmates your friends. They will help you if you can’t reach your professor. I’ve had nights where I emailed a friend with a question about the class and they helped me. Sometimes you will forget you had an assignment or a quiz due, but when you have a friend in the class they will remind you of it.
7. Have Tech Skills
Be prepared to have some form of tech skills because most of what is done in this class is done online. You will be making brochures, newsletters, blogs, and several other things where you have to use an online platform to make these things. Being good with tech will help you work smoothly when doing these assignments.