And they’re off! Out of the gates, Anticipation has taken the lead, followed by Excitement. Around the first turn, Anticipation and Excitement have fallen to the back while Stress and Debt take the lead. Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like this will be a long race with Stress and Debt leading the pack. Although Social Life had a promising lead in the beginning, it appears as though he will finish in dead last. Oh, wait! Future and Failure have taken the lead through the last turn. The finish line is in sight now and it’s going to be close between Future and Failure. They are neck and neck. And the winner is…
It has been such a long, tedious and often times, painful journey through the Manship School of Mass Communication. As I approach the end of my own college race and see the finish line right in front of me, one thing comes to my mind; “Don’t ‘F’ this up now!” ‘F’ for failure, of course. I think I can speak for all of the candidates preparing to graduate in May that it’s scary to think about the future. We’ve spent the past four years, or so, working toward this moment and now that it’s here, we want to go back in time. We’re no longer fighting for a grade, but for a job. Our economic dependence relies on a job. USA Today wrote an article about the angst of finding a job after graduation during a recession. Because of this, the job hunt has become a lot more competitive (click here to read the article).
Those that have studied in the Manship School of Mass Communication know that it can be extremely competitive in class, but are we ready for the competitiveness of the real world? We are all just a giant group of grade hoarders. We want to be the best and pretend we kept our sanity becoming the best. Although we suffer from insomnia and maybe we’ll develop wrinkles before we’re 25 years old, we can say that we are the best in Louisiana because we graduated from the Manship and lived to tell the tale. Now that we’re done, we will enter a whole new echelon of competitiveness. Hopefully, the years of sleeping with our AP Style Book under our pillows have prepared us enough not to suck after graduation.
My advice to Manship rookies would be to take advantage of every opportunity that the school has to offer. The Manship offers its students the very best opportunities from distinguished professors to resume-building extracurricular activities. You may never get another change to be apart of all the opportunities that the Manship offers after you graduate. Lastly, it is a collegiate sin to purchase textbooks from the LSU Union! It’s called Amazon, people. Google it.
So I guess it’s time for us to put on our big kid pants and enter the PR world with style – AP style, that is!