I’m taking a class on public diplomacy this upcoming semester.
Note to self: Be prepared to make ethical compromises.
OK. So it won’t be that bad. The idea of changing public opinion, cultural diplomacy and policy is actually exciting. In fact, this may very well open up the doors to a successful career in foreign policy.
When I think of public diplomacy, the first thing that springs to my mind is propaganda. And yeah, that may be a part of it but there’s a bigger picture.
As the semester progresses, I would really like to see how my perception on the topic has changed (for the better or worse).
In other news, I start school next week (August 23). I’m not as giddy as I usually am prior to each semester’s start. This truly makes no sense to me especially because this may very well be my last semester. I plan on graduating this December with my Bachelor’s in Communication and Hospitality Management. Perhaps everything seems so uncertain because this is the realization of a scary new beginning. My fairy tale “plan” has gone out the window. Perhaps this is God’s way of pushing me out of my comfort zone. I can only hope this is for the greater good.
Our jobs as digital communicators is to draw lines between business functions where lines previously could not be drawn. To connect ideas, people, places and create experiences. Social media is not the one in all but one of many ways we will now go about things. Our ultimate goal is to foster relationships and drive innovation.