English life – First Semester

Yeah I know I am late… But here we are!

9.09.2011: Southampton

In fact Uni year was starting on 04.10.2011 but at least I had time to move in and enjoy the city life before the beginning of the semester…

BA(HONS) Public Relations & Communication – 2nd Year – Transferring student

I did my first two years of BA Communication Studies in France and transferred here as a second year as my courses in France were really general: Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Public Relation, Visual Communication, Applied calculus, Ethics, Environmental Science, Geology, Photography, Macro Economy, Organizational Behavior, English courses: Composition & Rhetoric, PAC Project, Spanish courses, Psychology, Political Science and of course this Fu***ng TOEFL!

First Semester in Southampton:

  • Corporate Communication
  • Management Communication 
  • PR in a Digital World

Not a lot I know, 9 hours/ weeks, an amazing change (chance?)… Quite depressive at first! But actually it was a full semester of projects, essays and Social media learning…

In Corp. Comm. we had to do a group report on Tesco including the Public Affairs, Media Relations, Community Relations and Investor Relations part. ( I had no idea what is was…) PLUS we had to choose a company and participate in a debate according to our position (I was Media Relations) PLUS Writing a report of 3,000 about ‘how the company we choose have to communicate with its stakeholders.’ (Create an essay question and with absolutely no clue of how doing this report…)  ->TOUGH WORK

Then in the Management Comm. unit we had to lead a presentation about ‘pitching American Manager about how to deal and react with Chinese partners’ – 15minutes presentation/filmed and recorded PLUS Write a report on ‘Finding a strategy to lead more senior women to the high management of the banking industry’ 3,000 words.

Finally, at last but not at least! In the PR and digital course, we had to write an audit report on the Shell website, 2,500 words PLUS pitching a real PR company on ‘how to promote digitally the release of the film Mission Impossible: the Ghost Protocol’ – 15minutes/filmed and recorded/in front of the PR agency/stress..! PLUS write a report of 3,000 words on the different digital tools used. (objectives, tactics, strategies, recommendations and evaluation of the promotion)

End of term: 18.12.2011 A lot of stress and pressure especially when you arrive here and you only wrote a 3,000 words essay in your whole life (Thanks to Compo/Rheto I and II by the way) and you are not confident about your English writing style because you are simply NOT English (as much as you would like to be ^^)

But I did it 😀 and I am alive 🙂 and my grades were not too bad so it is possible, yes 🙂 !


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