Back to School: Take Tougher Electives

Q.  I’m heading back to college to start my senior year.  Any advice on what electives I should take?   -EM

 A.  Please do as I say, not as I did.  Avoid the temptation of easy courses or those closely related to your major.  If you are majoring in PR or journalism, consider taking classes in business, marketing, psychology, philosophy, history and English (with an intense focus on writing).  In the end, it’s what you know that counts most towards initial success in your career, not your GPA. 

2 thoughts on “Back to School: Take Tougher Electives

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. Taking business classes will only help in your PR career. You’re always dealing with money, statistics and other figures throughout your career (it’s better to learn this in school rather than later in life). This is especially important when measuring PR programs.

    In PR, I find a lot of people are afraid of numbers, but in the end, the necessary math is a simple adaptation of standard multiplication, division and adding/subtracting.

  2. I can fully relate to the answer. While majoring in Communication and Mass Media, I have taken many courses aimed at marketing, anthropology and social science in general. And I must say, it is worth it!

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