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Why PR?

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Ever since I was a kid, I struggled in school. My whole life I grew up thinking I was stupid because I couldn’t keep up with the kids in my class. In elementary school, I always needed special help, and got taken out of fun classroom activities to review the material to make sure I understood. This made me extremely discouraged and resent school.

At a very young age, I couldn’t do math to save my life. This is still true. However, that’s when I knew I didn’t want anything to do with math in my future, except the necessary aspects of course. Writing was my strength, and I loved not having any rules or regulations.

English and writing finally gave me the confidence I needed in school and when it came down to picking a major, I of course picked one that involved minimal math. My dad was a journalist and I loved all of his work, so he was an inspiration to me.

I’ve always been a social butterfly, so the thought of applying writing with socialization got me excited. Public relations is all about staying relevant, so naturally, as a millennial, that came easy to me. I loved the thought of making a company or product relevant and helping people expand their business. This is a profession that both parties end up happy, for the most part. Tying in research and creativity is exciting. To me, the best part about public relations is watching your work come to life. It’s motivating and makes all the hard work worth it!

I have learned so much more than I could even imagine throughout my time at Chico State. The more I learn about public relations with hands on experience, the more I fall in love with it! I couldn’t be happier with choosing public relations as my major.

By: Madi Schneer

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