After eight months of sitting on my couch, surfing the web for jobs, filling out applications, waiting for the phone to ring, interviewing for entry-level positions, I finally landed my first full-time job as PR Resident. Experiencing some of the most frustrating moments of self-doubt and uncertainty in my life led me to where I am today. Before landing this job, I went through a period of questioning if I chose the right major and career path. I would ask questions on a daily basis – Why haven’t I heard anything back from XYZ company? Did I make a good solid first impression in the first interview? Will tomorrow be the day I get a great job offer?

I believe everything happens for a reason, and there’s a reason I’m sitting in the LPR office today, working on media relations and daily assignments.

I’ve been working at LPR since early September, and every day has been a valuable learning experience. I never know what to expect when walking into the office in the morning.

Going into this job with three internships at nonprofits, I wasn’t completely sure what the agency environment would offer. Ultimately, I wondered how I’d handle my first job.

The elevated energy level in the LPR/everitt office keeps me on my toes at all times, never knowing what kind of client’s assignment will roll in. Through comments and critique on my assignments, I’m able to improve and shape my writing and communication skills.

Since I graduated from the University of North Texas nearly a year ago, I could see my future, but it was more like visibility on a foggy day. I knew where I wanted to go, but couldn’t see how to get there. College doesn’t teach you everything you need to know to walk in the door 100-percent prepared on your first job, but it does provide a firm foundation of education to keep building upon as your resume expands.

I’ve learned a lot in this position, hands-on application of college studies. Some of the lessons include:

-Keep learning and moving forward; don’t get caught in reverse or park because of complacency with where you are. -View every work day as a brand new day, a chance to learn something new and make improvement. -Take criticism and edits with an open mind; don’t be scared of the bleeding pen.

LPR has been a great starting point for my career, and I look forward to seeing where this experience will take me.