Half the Battle

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At such a young age, students are forced to make a life changing decision: What do I want to be when I grow up? Some people know as young as five, while others are 30 and still undecided. For me, choosing my occupation was a battle. One day I wanted to be a teacher, and the next day I wanted to be nurse, and the next I had no clue! For my first three years of college, I must have changed my mind at least five times. Little did I know, changing my major each semester set off my date until I was able to graduate. Therefore, I knew it was time to do some serious thinking and research to figure out just what I was doing.

Since I was in high school, I have been working as an administrative assistant at a convention center. Here we hold banquets, weddings, meetings, trade shows, and conventions. I completely love my job and the atmosphere. Places like this are never dull, and each day is always different.

When I was at work one day, it finally hit me. Managing events, as well as working with people in the process, was exactly the job for me! This made me ask Kati, our event coordinator and my work mentor, what she went to school for. She then told me she studied public relations at SIUE, and I immediately knew that I wanted to follow in her footsteps.

After three years of struggling to decide what I wanted to major in and where I wanted to transfer, I finally figured out my destination. That’s what brings me here to SIUE studying public relations.

I’m so excited to jump into this semester knowing exactly what I am here to achieve!