Quotes Corner

Stefania Markowicz
Director of Communication for Quotes, the PR Club at UCF

An Open Mind Will Open Doors You Didn’t Even Know Existed

I consider myself to be a curious individual. I question everything – but when I can’t find the answer to what I’m looking for, the “Type A” in me goes crazy.

Semester after semester, I couldn’t find the answer to a few recurring thoughts: where in PR do I belong? Do I go the corporate route? Am I more of an agency person? How about nonprofits or government?

I let these types of questions consume me for a lot longer than I should have, and soon became anxious over the apparent uncertainty of my future. It felt like everyone around me was figuring out what they wanted to do with their lives, which, given my personality type, made it pretty hard for me to remain calm about my situation.

After many continuous months of me desperately researching PR industries and asking people where they thought I would best fit in, I came to the realization that this attitude was taking a toll on me for the worse. So I stopped the obsession. All at once. I did a complete 180.

When it came time to getting internship offers, I decided to go at it with a positive mindset. This led to me having incredible opportunities at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Seminole County Public Schools. I never would have pictured myself working at either of these organizations just a year ago, but it just goes to show how you can’t always pick the good experiences. Sometimes, the good experiences come to you. You just have to take it and run with them.

At the most recent Intern Pursuit, I had another recurring thought invade my head. This time, it was about the inability to see myself working at an agency. A lesser, but still prominent “Type A” came out in me again. I spent most of the evening of Intern Pursuit dodging the agency booths like bullets. Up until I impulsively tried something out of my comfort zone.

I walked right up to a woman named Kacie representing Curley & Pynn, a PR agency. We got to talking, and the conversation just felt right – I instantly knew I had made the right choice in introducing myself. In just a week (which felt like the longest week of my life), Kacie told me that she would love to bring me on the Curley & Pynn team for an internship with them in the spring. I happily accepted.

This is how I’m going to live my life from now on. Step by step, day by day. I may not know exactly what I want for myself in the future. And that’s perfectly okay.

Lastly, to all of my fellow students, I just have to say: don’t turn down an internship just because you think “it’s not right for you.” Taking a chance may just be the best decision you ever make.

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