Let me start off by apologizing for not blogging ANYTHING for the last FIVE MONTHS. Yes ladies and gentlemen, it has been five, long months since I blogged a sentence. What can I say? The life of a young 20 something year old graduate student is a busy one.
I wanted to update you all about my current career and academic goals. I am proud to say that I am 80 % complete with my Master’s degree. I only have two more classes to complete in the spring of next year. I would estimate that I would graduate around June or July of 2016. But let me give you all a little background story on how I came to this point. I graduated from my Alma Mater, the University of Alabama, in December 2012. For the next two years, until May 2014, I have tried to enter into every available Master’s program that I qualified for at my Alma Mater. Needless to say, I cried many tears, emailed a lot of people, prayed many prayers and spent a lot of money trying to get into my top-pick graduate program. After I got denied entrance for that particular program for the umpteenth time, I decided to search for other Communication graduate programs. While I was searching for online graduate programs (especially in state programs) and an idea popped into my head. I decided to research Troy University’s graduate programs. Needless to say, I liked what the program offered. After filling out all of the paper work and contacting all necessary personnel-I was accepted into the program! In late May of 2014, I was a Trojan and it felt GRRREEEEAATT!!!! When I tell you that this program is AWESOME, I mean that it is AWE-SOME. I will be sad when everything is said and done but I am grateful for this chance to be a part of a program I enjoy.
As of right now, I plan to pursue my PhD in Communications as soon as I graduate from Troy University. I am currently looking into some programs, including the University of Alabama’s PhD program (ROLL TIDE ROLL). Now, do you remember when I was telling you all how I was a Public Relations Coordinator for a small business? Oh yeah, it was the ‘best’ four months of my life [insert giggle here]. But all jokes aside, that job was a true eye-opener for me. Aside from being a Public Relations Coordinator for this small business, but I was as a part of Media HQ for the 50th Selma to Montgomery Jubilee Bridge Crossing event (AKA #Selma50 for short). For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the annual Jubilee Bridge Crossing event-it’s held around the first weekend in March in my hometown of Selma, AL. This event is held to commemorate the Selma to Montgomery March and Bloody Sunday that occurred on March 7th, 1965. During the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, I was able to meet people from CBS, BET, The Chicago Tribune and other blog/media outlets. I was media personnel for this event as well. I was the PR Coordinator during my time of doing this blog. I was able to put into action what I have learned as a Trojan Graduate Student. It was amazing. I was able to dabble in the wonderful world of PR. So, when I was blogging about being a PR Agent, I wasn’t saying all of those things to ‘save face’ and make the grade. I was ACTUALLY a PR Agent you all. After I resigned from this job (long after #Selma50 concluded) I begin to develop my professional Facebook Page to brand myself as a PR-Person-For-Hire. THAT. DID. NOT. GO .AS .PLANNED. Crazy how life works out, isn’t it?
(Me with Ms. Santita Jackson of the Santita Jackson show and daughter of Rev. Jesse Jackson)
I have tried my hand at other possible career options-acting, singing and blogging. I am going to be kind enough to spare you all the various details of what happened and save them for another blog entry. What I trying to say is that during this time, I have tried to do a little bit of everything. I am only 24 years old (well, I will be on Oct. 28th) and I am still getting to know who I am and what I want to do for the rest of my life. My ideals are constantly changing. I am re-evaluating everything. I want to take time to figure out what I love to do AND I want to make a good, long, and enjoyable career out of it. Right now, I plan to enter into the educational field. It is a steady career field and there is always a need for new Communication Studies professors. If all goes well, I maybe teaching YOU really soon. If things do not pan out like how I want them, just know that I am not afraid to go back to the drawing board.
So, what do you do when the PR Agent-who is used to saving other people-is in trouble herself? She readjusts her cape and goes to rescue herself. LIKE. THE. BOSS. SHE .IS. And like I have mentioned in my previous blogs, you just might see me on your TV screen, the big screen or in Ebony Magazine one day. Never stop dreaming, my little blogger friends.
Until next time,
-Shenika( You Already Know Who I Am-I am THE Ms. Communicator)