The importance of diversity and pride in what you do is something Barb Arnott emphasized in her talk while discussing her past experiences and current job position. She also explained that it is important for us as students to seek out new experiences.
“You have to be able to do a little bit of everything, it’s not just a one shot thing.”
Barb Arnott has a diverse work background and considers herself an AP and news nerd. She graduated from Central Washington in ’09 with her BA in journalism.
She started as a movie review writer in high school and went on to become part of the Observer here at Central. Then after she graduated she was an intern at the Daily Record and currently works in the Public Affairs office as the Public Affairs coordinator.
As a student she said she wishes that she took more of an advantage of what the school had to offer and encourages students to do so. It gives students new learning experiences and can help them build their personal portfolio. These new experiences can give you more confidence when you graduate when entering the work force.
She has learned a lot with all her past experiences as a student and now as a professional. She has learned multiple styles of writing, how to put herself out there and the correct way to respond to crisis communication. Her diverse background gives her confidence in her future endeavors.
“I feel I can go in any direction with my strengths and past experiences”
In her current job position she is helping build the CWU brand. Her goal is to make sure people see Central as a positive organization.
“You want people to get a warm fuzzy when they think about Central.”
Along with a positive name brand it seems that public affairs also has these three goals: recruitment, retention & donation. Is what is said going to make people want to come to Central? When they come will they want to stay? Happy students and faculty will make for more future investments.
She also said that the people of Central Washington University need to be enjoying their experience in hope that it will make them want to spread the word about it. Barb Arnott emphasized that she feels that; “When you’re excited about something it makes it easier to share your excitement.”
Being diverse in what you have done and having pride in what you do is what I personally took from Arnotts talk today. I plan on applying that in my personal and professional life from here on out.