Reflecting on the Semester

By Braylyn Bruno, English and Public Relations Major / McAnulty Academic Internship

It is crazy to think about it, but this semester is coming to an end. As I prepare for my first ever in person finals, there is a lot to stress about. I started my experience at Duquesne during a global pandemic, and virtual exams were all I ever knew. It is weird walking into class as a junior without knowing what a blue book is and without knowing the stresses that accompany in person exams. While I had a little practice with midterms, there is much more at stake for finals.

Although classes may be stressful, this semester has given me new opportunities by challenging me academically. The classes I took for the English department this semester were brand new topics for me. The extent of my British literature had always been one or two Shakespeare plays, but now I know the works of Spenser, Chaucer, and many other authors who I had the opportunity to learn about. Other classes have advanced my writing skills, and this is because the professors really take the time to make sure students understand what their strengths and weaknesses are. As an English major, I have always written essays, but this is the first time the feedback I have been given has visibly improved the outcome of my work. 

In addition to my expanded knowledge on literature and writing, I have gained important industry skills. This internship has allowed me to move beyond classroom writing and literature by interacting with topics that are not taught in the classroom. The skills I have acquired related to newsletters, data, memos, and campaigns will help propel me into the real world. While the material learned in other classes is undeniably helpful, this internship has allowed me to dip my toes into other aspects of the business world. 

Out of all my semesters at college, this one has been the most difficult. However, I have learned many useful things that will help me in future classes and other endeavors. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as the MarCom intern, and I think it was the perfect way to enter the business world.


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