Where Has The Time Gone?


5121772432_0bc99ce54d_oBefore entering college we were told, “These will be the fastest four years of your life,” – and those words couldn’t be truer. Four years ago upon my arrival at the University of Oregon, I experienced a wide range of emotions – excitement, curiosity, and absolute nervousness (just to name a few). Little did I know, the UO was about to offer me a whole lot more than a college diploma.

I was one of those freshmen who didn’t know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My interests stretched far and wide, thinking to myself, “I’ll never be able to narrow them down into one major.”

But boy was I wrong. After taking a serious look at my unforeseen professional future, I realized two things:

  1. I love engaging with people
  2. I’m a decent writer

From there, I found myself in the School of Journalism and Communications – the home of the creative, and the land of possibilities. In the dynamic multi-media industry, we never know what’s coming; I think that’s what got me hooked. It didn’t take long to declare my public relations major with confidence, sanguine about my potential future.

Fast-forward three years and I’m sitting behind a self-enclosed cubicle developing communications materials for a non-profit, wondering: where has the time gone?

In the blink of an eye, we go from students to professionals with minimal preparation for the precarious world that lies ahead. Put to the test right from the get-go, we must embark on our next great adventure. Although it’s scary, if you point your toes in the right direction (in your most comfortable business casual shoes), you might already find yourself on the path to your dream job.

~Nikki Maroney 

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6 Responses to Where Has The Time Gone?

  1. wujesi says:

    I can’t believe this is our last term. College has truly gone by in a flash and I’m humbled to know that we have a group that is going through the same feelings and experiences. When I was a Freshman, I was initally a Business Administration major. Boy… how things have changed! I had to transition from Lillis to Allen. It was one of the best decisions of my life. Public Relations involves an element of storytelling that Business Administration lacks. Thanks for your post Nikki.

  2. robbydavis23 says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more! For me, it’s crazy to think that four years ago I was stressing with what I wanted my major to be. Now, I’m about to enter the real world with a degree in journalism. It’s a great feeling knowing that four years of hard work is starting to pay off. One of my biggest fears throughout college was that once I graduate I wouldn’t be able to find a job. Now that that time is getting closer I feel far more confident in my ability to land my dream job. I never would have thought that in a blink of an eye my college experience would be nearing an end.

  3. This is why I look at internships as the bridge between college and a career! Great post.

  4. I cannot believe our time at the University of Oregon is coming to an end. When I was in high school I never thought I would be a Journalism major, let alone earning my degree as one. I always envisioned myself trying out the pre-med track, until I realized I pass out when I see blood. It is scary not knowing what the future has in store for us, but I am so happy I decided to spend my time in Allen Hall. We are starting out in a career that has so many opportunities. Now we must face the “real world” and whatever that may bring us. Thanks for your post!

  5. kativanloo says:

    It feels like just yesterday that we were sitting in Kelli’s J350 class when we first met and started on the PR track, doesn’t it? It’s amazing how fast the time has flown since we were just babies in the J-school, and I can’t imagine spending that time anywhere else than in Allen Hall. Although the future seems a bit unclear at the moment, I am so excited to see where everyone ends up. Thanks for sharing!

  6. hannahosborn says:

    It is pretty amazing that we are here in our last term of college, toeing the line between student and professional. I’m sure much has changed for each and every one of us during the last four years, and yet sometimes I wonder how that’s possible with how quickly the time seems to have gone. That’s why I think we’re so fortunate to get this first foray into the professional world under our belts before officially graduating. Thanks for sharing!

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