My Post Grad Plans






Hi friends! If you haven't been following me on Instagram, you might not know that I recently graduated from college! For the past four years, I've been living in Austin, TX, and getting my Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. It's crazy to think that isn't my life anymore.

So, I bet you're wondering what I'm doing now... Well, that requires a little bit of a backstory. Originally when I declared my major, I thought I'd want to work at a huge PR firm in New York. Honestly, I'm not even sure if that's out of the question, but it isn't the plan right now anymore.

When I began the second semester of my senior year, I started applying to jobs like crazy. Anything I thought I was remotely qualified for I sent my resume in for. And for the most part, it worked. I got quite a few interviews, a couple of which I just knew would pan out... Then COVID-19 happened. Suddenly many of the companies I was interviewing with were forced to lay off existing staff and put all new hiring on a freeze.

Y'all I was crushed. I wanted nothing more to graduate and get a job in an industry I loved so much. But it didn't seem like that was going to happen, instead, I was going to head back to my childhood home with my tail between my legs. But then I forgot, a job wasn't my only option.

So I through myself into researching other paths I could take post-graduate, graduate programs, fellowships, internships, etc. And after all of that research, I'm so excited to announce that....

I'm going to Baylor University to get my Masters in Journalism, PR and New Media!

I bet you're now wondering what the heck that means, and what it means for my future career. Well, as much as I have absolutely loved my time at The University of Texas, I feel like there are couple gaps in my education that could really be supplemented by a masters program. Baylor also has a much smaller program than UT, which means I'll get more time to work one-on-one with the incredible professors in the department. Within the Journalism, PR and New Media department, there are quite a few concentrations you can choose from to really focus your studies. I'm still leaning toward marketing and advertising but news-editorial sounds fun as well! 

Now that you know more about the program, I'll tell you what it means for my career. Because of everything happening with COVID-19, there are tragically a lot of people who are currently unemployed, myself included if I didn't choose to go to graduate school. I spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself for not landing my dream job right out of college, but then I realized I had to change my mindset. I couldn't keep my dissappointment keep me from bettering myself. So that's what I'll spend the next two years doing. 

You'll probably notice a difference in my content, as I'll be spending the summer in Dallas with my parents before I move to Waco in August.  I can't wait to share graduate school life with y'all!

Until next time,
Autumn

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