Fruesday?! That Ball State Student just misspelled Tuesday… or Friday…
No folks you heard it right. Today is Fruesday. We students have a love/hate relationship with Fruesday. It seems that no one really thinks it’s a good idea (especially the professors), but we have Friday classes on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break to make up for the Friday we missed for Fall Break.
Every year the Daily News posts an article, and there is talk about how the University Senate is going to recall Fruesday. Never happens. So next year when you hear people talk about it, which they surely will, don’t get your hopes up.
I rather love Fruesday this year because two of my three classes were cancelled! Which works out perfectly for me because I’m currently laying in bed with a horrible cold.
But all this is not what I’m really posting about! What I’m really posting about it HOW I ended up with this head cold on Fruesday.
Friday at 5 in the morning I was on campus meeting up for the annual Cardinal Communications Chicago trip. Every year the organization takes students to Chicago to visit public relations, advertising and design firms. This year we went to Ogilvy and Mather (their big thing is advertising), RedEye (a division of the Chicago Tribune) and…… KETCHUM PR!!
Ketchum is where I really really REALLY would like to land an internship upon graduation. They hardly ever hire for entry level jobs outside of their intern pool. So basically, if you work your butt off as an intern, you’ll get a job with them.
Learning how the agency life is structured and operates on a day-to-day basis made me even more excited–and anxious–for my job as a public relations practitioner. You of course don’t have to go into agency work, but this is where I’ve been seeing myself. It’s fast-paced, ever-changing and from the sounds of it, rarely boring. In an agency, as opposed to corporate or nonprofit PR, you get to work with multiple clients at one time.
Getting our foot in the door at these high-end Chicago agencies was no easy feat, and I wouldn’t have been able to visit them if it weren’t for my membership in Cardinal Communications. I also wouldn’t have the networking experiences I’ve had. I’ve learned that in public relations, and honestly life in general, it’s all about who you know.
The Chicago committee in Card Comm arranged a dinner in Chicago with 5 CC alumni working in the area. That put me in touch with 5 people who used to be in the exact place I am. And they were all more than willing to pass my resume along.
I wonder what students who aren’t involved in Cardinal Comm or PRSSA or other pre-professional organizations are doing with their lives. Not getting jobs I take it? Like I say in every other post: JOIN JOIN JOIN!! Do more in college than just show up to class.
It’s now officially Turkey Day Break. Since I don’t live in the dorms and my family is in Anderson, which is about 20 minutes away, I”ll be staying right here in Muncie working. Assuming I get over this cold quickly that is. Happy Thanksgiving!