Over the course of this semester I have completed more assignments in one Journalism class than I have in any other semester combined. These assignments came in all shapes and sizes, some as easy as a Twitter post andothers as long as a feature length article on a book about social media (with an accompanying blog post). At first we all thought it was just a fluke and that eventually they would spread out, but if anything the assignments came quicker until each and everyone of us almost felt like we were drowning.
Yet each of us dealt with the homework, some through caffeinated long nights and others through multi-tasking during other classes. Everyone in the class has since then made it to the end of this semester, maybe with a little less sleep than normal but whole for the most part. We all know public relations is a fast-paced career path and are looking forward to that, so we wrote the assignment load off as the by-product of a tougher course. But our professor had one more lesson for us planned on the last day of lecture...
The professor came into lecture like usual and said that for her last lecture she was going to give us the overall goals we were supposed to take away from class. They were the usual set of goals, like a skill base and experience with different formatting for releases. But then she gave us a final insight into her class structure. The torrent of assignments had been on purpose to teach us a skill we would need throughout our career: time management.
As basic as it seems learning time management is one of the hardest things I learned. In the real world we each would be balancing five individual projects at the same time, each requiring our attention at the same time.
So even as I sit and finish my last of ten blogs required for credit (though not my last blog I'm going to post) at quarter to five in the morning before it's due, I know that time management is a skill I'll need to sharpen, and thanks to JOUR 3279W and our professor, I am beginning to do just that.