Childhood, PR 317, PR Writing, Writing Sample

Did You Take Your Childhood for Granted?

Think about your childhood, for some of us it consisted of two parents who were always around to help keep us on track, but for a lot of people it wasn’t like that. Kids are being raised in homes that lack the proper attention, support, and care that a child needs and for those that have never experienced this, it’s almost impossible to imagine.

Many kids are being raised by single mothers trying to provide for multiple kids on minimum wage or by siblings who were barely adults themselves. In shelter homes where they are bullied or with families who never went to school and can’t provide the advice and guidance to help their kids succeed. These are just a few types of environments millions of kids around the globe are raised in.

Although those of us who didn’t experience this will never know what it was like, there are many things we can do to help improve the lives of those who do. Boys and Girls Club of America is a program with over 4300 locations all over the United States created to help enhance the development of boys and girls who do not have the type of guidance and attention at home that they need.

The Boys and Girls Club is open for kids throughout the entire year who need somewhere safe to go. Whether their parents are still working when they get home or they just need a shoulder to lean on, BGC and their dedicated employees are always there. No child is denied regardless of their circumstances.

These clubs provide many different types of programs for the kids including homework help, test and assignment preparation, life and academic counseling, and many other useful aids. Because of programs like this, these kids are getting the stability and resources that may not be provided in their homes.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in four children under the age of 18, a total of about 17.4 million, are being raised without a father and nearly half live below the poverty line. Think about how many of those kids will grow up without the guidance and attention they deserve. What will change these type of statistics is programs like the Boys and Girls Club, and you can be a part of it too.

The Boys and Girls Club is always accepting volunteers to help with the programs and activities they host. Just giving these kids someone to talk to makes a difference. By just spending a couple hours of your time, you could make a huge impact on their lives and their futures.

There are 22 different Boys and Girls Club locations in Austin that are available for donations and volunteers. There’s nothing we can do to change these kid’s pasts, but there is plenty we can do to affect their futures. Everyone deserves someone who believes in them and wants to help them succeed, so be that person.

PR 317, PR Writing, Writing Goals, Writing Sample

Improvement of the Century

What a difference one semester of a PR Writing Class can make on your writing. I look back now to my work at the beginning of the semester and it is truly cringe worthy. I thought that what I was submitting was good, and before that class it was.

In the past I would get comments from professors expressing how great my writing was, but that’s because it was never from someone who knew what PR writing entailed. This type of writing is completely different from anything I’ve seen before, and I would never have known that without that PR class.

I found myself expressing things with 15 words that could easily be expressed in five. There is a certain clarity in a simple sentence that conveys so much more than a long paragraph that restates the same point in multiple sentences. Realizing this has shown me how much I have improved on that aspect throughout the class.

One of my weaknesses as a writer, that I mentioned at the beginning of the class, was not knowing how to properly convey my thoughts and I feel I have improved on this tremendously. I still have to work on avoiding wordy sentences and probably will for a long time, but no one gets something perfect right away. As I continue to take PR classes for writing I am excited to continue working on being clear and direct in my communication, not only on paper but in my every day dialogue.

In my old writing, I also notice using too many adjectives to describe something I was talking about. What I’ve learned is that a good writer doesn’t need to tell the audience how great something is because if it really is, they will sense that. You don’t need to convince someone to feel something because that will happen naturally.

Something else that I’ve recognized from that class is that you learn to not only improve your weaknesses, but your strengths as well. In my original submission, I said that story telling was a strength of mine and I still agree with this. Except now I feel much more confident in this strength because of what I have learned about being concise in my writing.

At the beginning of the semester I was also asked what goals I had, which were conveying ideas more directly and making sure my writing flows naturally. I still have these goals for myself as I continue in PR but now with the improvement I’ve made I feel the only way to go from here is up.

It has been extremely rewarding comparing my writing between now and the beginning of the semester. The guidance and knowledge I have received from Professor Tamara Bell has made me a more confident writer, which I can never thank her enough for. I am very excited to continue writing throughout the PR program and look forward to comparing this writing to my work in the future.