“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
I started off using the “We Bough a Zoo” mantra, as just motivation to get my foot in the door; to gain some courage to attend the various clubs and events that I knew would benefit me. Of course, it took several takes before I actually did this and gave up my habit of using the frigid weather as an excuse. However, once I had made firm footing in these situations, I discovered that I had made it through the hardest part. Once I realized there were no opportunities for retreating, I saw no other choice but to make the connections I needed.
Unfortunately my little mantra didn’t hold the powers of preventing rejection, and I faced it numerous times. In response to this rejection however, I adopted a new mantra; Now, anytime something didn’t go as I planned, I would simply say to myself “NEXT!” and move on. Just like my other mantra, I immediately put this one to use (Even though multiple times I allowed myself pity parties before I actually moved on). Soon however, I came to accept that I was no longer in high school and that the competition level had indeed risen.
By the second half of second semester, even after all my efforts, I still remained undecided. Despite emailing and talking with professionals in various fields that interested me, I wasn’t ready to declare anything. It wasn’t until I received a compliment from my roommate on my ability to constantly put myself out there, that I finally realized where I belonged. I should have seen it right away. My constant drive to make connections…my refusal to give up and instead approach things from a different angle … I belonged in PR!
- Erin Herner
Freshman PRSSA Member