The other day some classmates and I were sitting in the main area of our department. CNN was playing on the TV and the story of the broken down and putrid Carnival cruise ship was being commented on. As we listened to the coverage and remarks from the commentators and from others, we ourselves began commenting on the PR nightmare that Carnival had on its plate.
It’s an odd moment when what you’ve learned theoretically in the confines of a classroom allows you to assess real world situations. It’s very easy to forget that college is still the real world. Though in this case your paying for the “job.” It’s also easy to think that there is a disconnect between what you learned in a public relations class and actually doing public relations.
I found this mostly to be the case in any English classes I took in college. There was no “real world” hands on practice in those classes. It’s a bubble of academic literature that, for me, had no application to real life. But as a Journalism/ Public Relations major, I see practical uses for everything I’ve learned. The classes usually include practical instruction. So if I was taking a news writing class, then I wrote news stories.
Because of the hands on approach of many of my classes, I’ve been able to see situations in the real world and apply the information I’ve learned. I feel better prepared now for the various career situations I’ll be put in, because I was given the tools to use to know what I’m doing… at least a little bit.
As for Carnival, hopefully they can handle this smelly situation well.