Shanice is a 2014 graduate of Robert Morris University. She has a Bachelors in Communications and her passion is Public Relations. She is currently I n the process of moving from Pennsylvania to Florida for better career opportunities.
Reading and writing has been my passion since I was in the fourth grade. I just knew that when I grew up I was going to go to college to be a journalist. Not just any kind of journalist either, but the kind that get those dreadful three in the morning calls from their boss saying that local police are escorting Judge Park from his home in handcuffs right at that very moment, and I need to get down there as soon as possible and discover all the information that I can in a strict amount of time. I would also be the one to write those stories and they would be published in the city newspaper. Later in my career, I would be promoted to not only writing these stories for the paper but being the person who formats this information for newscasters. I had my future all planned out.
I started in high school, building a resume to fit the lifestyle that I thought I was going to have. I joined the Newspaper and Yearbook Club for our school. I shadowed some of the journalists who wrote the paper in my hometown. I even got permission to be a junior journalist and write a few articles during my senior year for the paper. Then, I went to college and took my first journalism class my first semester as a freshman.
We did multiple “real life” scenarios. They were fun and interesting in the beginning. Then one scenario changed everything for me: You are out and about minding your business when you notice a plane crash and you are on the scene before paramedics arrive. She asked us if we would help or report on it. The way that I am said I would help out. She said that’s fine and dandy but then you can’t report on that story. That was a huge shock to me. I talked to my professor about it and other journalists I knew and got an understanding of the situation and realized “okay time to change”.
I broke down to my mom that night. I explained that I wanted to change what I was in school for and she didn’t understand why it made me so upset. It was because this is all I ever wanted. I was closer to achieving this goal and now here I was, wanting to abandon it. The next day I went and spoke with my counselor. She told me that changing majors wasn’t a bad thing and that there was absolutely nothing wrong with realizing that a major wasn’t for you.
We scheduled a meeting to help me determine a major. I am so thankful for all the resources Robert Morris University provided me with during this time. My counselor asked me questions about my hobbies, what I liked to do, where I could see myself in a few years, how I feel about animals, about people, etc. We determined that I still wanted to major in communications; I just needed to change my concentration. She provided me with multiple class lists of certain courses I would take with certain concentrations and I decided on Public Relations as my concentration.
I am now happier than ever with my decision. It took me a few weeks to be able to tell my friends. For some strange reason I felt like a failure, like I couldn’t handle the pressure. But when I told them no one judged me; no one said I was lazy. Everyone supported my decision. Even concentrating in PR, I can still write for newspapers and magazines; it’s just a different form of that writing, kind of.
For anyone out there thinking about changing their major, it’s okay. It happens. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to stress too much over. This is why we go to college; to discover ourselves. We go to find what we want to do in life, to determine the person we want to be in a few years. College is one of the best learning experiences I have ever had and I am thankful for my friends and support staff at RMU who helped with changing my concentration. Be you. Do what makes you happy.