Here's the thing....

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."-Jack Kerouac

Sunday, November 26, 2006

"Someone You Don't Know" Assignment (Blog #8)

So, in our class last week we sought out someone we had never talked to before this class. Our PR Major, as a whole, is really small. We know each other, and we hang out in our cliques. We all sit in the same seats, around the same people.... an I've noticed that I do this as well. I think, as a society, we hang out with our friends... the people we feel comfortable with.

For this assignment, I aske Kwesi to be my partner. At first glance, I had a preconcieved notion that Kwesi was an intelligent overachiever, which is something I admire because I am the same way. However, through this assignment I learned that we had other things in common, but we also had our differences. Pleasant conversation ensued, and I felt just as comfortable talking to him as I would, say, Libba. Although we talk about different things, I think its great that we as potential PR majors can talk with any type of person- because that is what our job needs us to do.

Similarities
Minority status
Raised Catholic
PR Students
Seniors
Upper Class Family
Foreign parents
Perfectionist
Yankee

Differences
Family-base
Gender
Sibling Position: Older v. Youngest
Inter-racial parents

The best part was our way that we perceive people in Texas.... both of us were raised by one foreigner, with both parents being from the north. Perceptions are completely different where my parents are from, and I believe that has shaped how I speak to people, how I was raised and how I think. We both are perfectionists, and anyone who knows us can attest to that.

I honestly enjoyed this excercise for what it showed me- that you can find similarities in anyone, even if its just the comfortable factor that you have with someone.