A note from Jeff Morosoff: Hofstra Honors Program students in my PR Fundamentals class are required to submit guest blog posts throughout the semester. My regular post follows the guest column. Today’s guest post is written by public relations sophomore Daniella Zolezzi:
The semester being halfway complete can only mean one thing: midterm exams. Students expect that each semester they will deal with an absurd amount of stress. Twice in the semester that stress amplifies exponentially; one of these occasions happens to be midterms. Midterms mark the halfway point in the semester between syllabus week to the most stressful time of all: finals week. Working in public relations is also a huge stress inducer. However, keep in mind why you are putting yourself through these experiences and to stay positive.
Although it’s easy to get caught up in things that cause frustration, it’s important to look at the bigger picture and relax. You’re in school to become educated and enrich your life, not to stress over exams. Similarly, in a public relations campaign, the payoff is not necessarily immediate. Often the goal of a PR campaign is in fact long term because building a positive public image does not happen overnight.
When getting stressed over exams, homework, working, etc., becoming overwhelmed may seem unavoidable. However, there are a lot of steps you can take to maintain your sanity. Time management and staying organized are both a huge part of public relations. Learning to avoid procrastination is crucial when trying to manage a busy schedule. While studying for exams, having concise and organized notes makes studying a lot easier and quicker. So in order to work efficiently and productively, be organized and timely.
During these stressful weeks also remember to take a break. Step away from your work and get a breath of fresh air. Do something that you enjoy like watch an episode of your favorite show, go on Facebook, or have a mini dance party. Just give yourself a little time to unwind. The key to doing this: don’t come back to consciousness hours later and realize you finished an entire NetFlix series.
Whether in your internship, at school, or at work, getting overwhelmed is inevitable. Remember: take a step back and breathe. You got this far; you’ll get further. This, too, shall pass.