Q&A: A little bit about me…

So this is a little different to my usual posts but I thought… if you’re reading my posts you might want to get to know me a little more?

Well, either way, you’re going to with this next post. A Q&A about me, so let’s go…

1) Did you always know you wanted to go to University?

Hmmm, Yes and No. At first I wanted to be a Chef. I studied catering at school and pictured myself going off to catering school but then that changed when I realised it was a tough industry to get into. So I then decided university would be a great option to learn something new and gain some independence. I chose Southampton Solent University by chance actually, I was originally going to Falmouth University to study Events Management but then later changed after visiting someone in Southampton who attended Southampton Solent University. I fell in love with the city and how small yet busy it was. I then made the bold decision of removing my application from Falmouth and starting over again. I got in at Solent and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

2) Why did you choose PR?

Again, PR was slightly by chance. I wanted to be an organiser, I loved project management and organising things so I decided on Events management but then I sort of thought about it and wanted to be able to branch out and do other things if I decided too later down the line in my career. PR was the better options because it allowed me to go into events management if I wanted to but also things like PR, advertising, marketing and promotions. I was also sold on the PR and communication course at Southampton Solent University after I ended the open day, the lecturers were so ‘into’ their job, so willing to help students and all had fantastic careers in PR before becoming lecturers. I was sold!

3) Will you miss university, now that you have graduated?

People keep asking me this at the moment and my answer usually is no, no mainly because of the stress that you entail or rather I entailed because I wanted to do as well as I possibly could. That stress was worth it for the outcome I have achieved so far and hopefully will achieve when I get my results in July but I will miss the people. The friends, the university lecturers and the course as well. It was such a great time and experience and I loved being independent and being able to do my own thing. However, I am ready to move on now. I have learned everything I could at University and along with my work placements and jobs. I now want to work full time and put all those skills to use. Show people what I can do and learn more!

4) What did you miss most whilst at university?

Family time! The countryside! My home friends! Not having to do my washing 😉 The homely things mainly but then again, when I was home for long periods of time like the summer break, I missed plenty of things in Southampton too.

5) Where do you see yourself being in 5 years time?

If I am able to do this, then I would love to have worked for a company or two, depending on whether there is the opportunity to grow within them. I’d like to start off at a graduate level and then work my way up and grow within the company. I’d also like to eventually move to America to work; however, if this isn’t an option, being able to travel within a job is just as good.

6) Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?

America. It always has and for now always will. Most likely because it is the only place I really go on holiday to with families. I have been to places in Europe like Cyprus, France, Germany and Switzerland but I have always loved America, the people are so friendly and I have family and friends there so that’s where I would choose to go.

7) What is your favourite food?

This is a tough one because I love all food but i’ll give it a go. Let’s split this one into too. My favourite savoury food would probably be pasta because you can literally have anything with pasta! My favourite meat would be steak and my favourite sweet would be molten chocolate cake. YUM!

8) What do you like to do in your spare time?

My main things to do during my spare time are going to gigs and festivals as much as I can! However, I do have other interests too.I have done Bell ringing (Campanology) since I was about 10 years old, I did Ballet, Tap and Ballroom dance from when I was 3 years old until I was 19, this stopped because of University. Obviously I love to hang out with friends, go to cute little coffee shops, go for walks and explore places! I love cute little villages with old shops and little narrow streets. I also like to make cards, I attempted to learn to play guitar but that never went anywhere. I LOVE to bake! Literally, give me the ingredients and I would make cakes all day if I could. 

9) What is your favourite film?

Forest Gump! Hands down!! “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what ya gonna get!”

11) What are your favourite TV shows to watch?

I have many…. ready? Here it goes: Orange is the new black, CSI, CSI: New York, How I met your mother, The Big Bang Theory, Keeping up with the Kardashians (not ashamed to say this is my guilty pleasure), Damages, Prison Break, 24, Board Walk Empire, Home Fires…. The list could go on but I’ll stop now.

So there you have it! A little bit about me, just incase you wanted to know.


Being a PR student in the city of Southampton…

The city of Southampton, it’s such a unique place. It’s not like any other city i’ve been too, this one’s quite small yet so diverse. The people you see wondering the streets as so different in character and ethnicity; you can see why it’s a great cultural area.

For myself, i’ve been living here for around a year and a half now, studying as a Public Relations and Communications student. Not going to lie, the cold brittle house I stay in, isn’t the best but it’s student life I guess.

However amongst the wheelie bins and traffic wardens that roam the streets of Southampton, I still find time to walk around the city and appreciate the location I’m studying in.
There is so much to offer here. For a country girl like myself, coming from a little village in Somerset, moving to Southampton was a complete eye opener.
It made me wonder… Is this where I want to work in the future? A city?

I always thought i’d stick to my country girl roots. Trust me, it’s noticeable. I have had plenty of my classmates comment on my farmer-like accent. However I weirdly like the busyness of the city. The morning wake up call that is the hurling traffic that drives past my window, the evening lights that blare from the office windows. It’s surreal.

If i were to look back on my decision to study in Southampton, there is no doubt about it, it’s a great city to study in. The opportunities that arise from the local businesses is incredible.
Over my year and a half studying I’ve had experiences with Remarkable group, Johnny Hopkins who worked with bands such as Oasis, Mike Maynard was a lecturer of mine from Napier and also CooperVision contact lenses brand. All of my lecturers have all got real PR industry experience. It’s great to know the people who are teaching you your skills, have been through our ‘hopeful’ jobs before.

So to all you students out there who are trying to make it into the world of PR, try Southampton Solent University.
I wish I could say they are paying me to publicise them, but they’re not. I’m doing this because I really do believe it was the best decision I ever made.

Experience is Everything…

To put it bluntly, experience is everything within the PR industry. After talking to industry workers at the first ‘Public Relations show 2013’ on Tuesday 26th November, the majority of them don’t even have a PR degree. Sort of makes me wonder whether degrees are really necessary these days? However, drifting from that point. Experience. There is nothing more important than getting experience within the field you want to go into. So for me, having the experience to undertake a mock ‘Client Meeting’ the other day at University, gave me great confidence to conduct these in future years.

For one of our assignments in year 2, we have to pitch to a client with strategies and tactics to develop awareness for their brand. Our mock client meeting helped us to pitch our ideas and outline the strategy for the company.

Overall a great experience and something I’d encourage every student to do before you go out into the real world of PR.

Below is a picture from the event, as our group was recorded and photographed for the event.