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Rachel Dennis: A Journey of Self-Discovery on A Path to Success

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Everyone knows what it feels like when they begin their journey for their purpose in life. It’s a challenging, brutal journey with the biggest highs and the lowest of lows, but it’s a journey everyone must take at some point in their life. Journeys also show people what they can and can’t handle in life. It points a person in the right direction they were meant to follow. As a newly graduated student from the University of West Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, I finally completed my first step toward my purpose in life. I’m excited to see where my accomplishment will take me next.

The Beginning of My Journey

During my time in college, I learned a lot, not just in the scholarly sense but also in personal discovery. I wasn’t sure about what I wanted to study when I was in college. I knew I was interested in writing and helping others reach their goals, but I never had a clear vision of what to do with those interests. I first thought psychology was the path. It involved some of my interests, but I could never find my passion for the study. After researching and talking to my advisor about what other degrees I could consider, I still keep on track to graduation. With some trial and error, I found my footing in mass communication. After a few classes, I loved everything public relations offered. It paired well with all my interests, and I knew I was on the right path.  

A Time of Uncertainty

During the final years of my college experience, I found myself and the world in uncertain times. In 2020, I was still in school when the shutdown happened. It was hard to keep up with my studies while working part-time and making sure I kept others and myself safe from the virus. I worked hard to keep up with all my comments during that time. I could keep up with my responsibilities at work, but I lost sight of my true path. In that realization, I questioned my priorities, purpose, and myself. At that time, I left part-time jobs to focus entirely on gaining my degree. Making that decision was hard for me, but it was the right one to take for both my mental and physical health. After quitting my job at the local grocery store and throwing myself back into my studies, I was still a few classes short of graduating on time. Learning that I would have to take a short detour from my path was devastating, but I worked hard to regain my footing and see beyond the uncertainty.  

Continuing Down the Path

Gaining my degree was one of the best days of my life. I proved to myself and everyone who supported me through the years that I could do anything I put my mind to. Accomplishing this goal was rewarding, but it set a fire in me to start working. After many weeks of interviews and rejections, I decided to look for a paying job that would support me until I found the right internship. While working, I could still look for the right internship to help me find my place in public relations. After months of applying, I finally found and was accepted into an internship that will help me grow my skills while guiding me down my chosen path. I’m excited to see where the rest of this journey. If you would like to see or be a guiding factor in my journey, follow me on these platforms: Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn

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