What am I Doing Here?



Hey everyone! My name is Jackie Ciraldo and I am a proud freshman here at Penn State. I come from Rye Brook, New York, an incredibly small town in Westchester County. Rye Brook, or the Rye Brook bubble as I like to call it, is one of those towns where a pin could drop, and the entire town would be gossiping about it minutes later. The ninety-three kids that sat beside me at graduation were the same ninety-three kids (give or take a couple) who I played with at recess in elementary school and attended about 60 Bar/Bat Mitzvahs with throughout middle school. Having come from a small, analogous community, I could not be more thrilled to spend the next four years at such a large, diverse and spirited university!

Essentially, I am enrolled in SC 200 because science has never been my forte. Don't get me wrong, I find science fascinating and quite incredible. However, I have always had a hard time understanding most scientific concepts. Science has always been the subject I struggle with most and receive my lowest grades in. Earning lower grades in my science classes has brought me to associate science with failure and disappointment. So, can you really blame me for allowing my sense of defeat to overpower my curiosity and fascination?


Instead of pursuing a subject that has proven unpromising for me, I have chosen to seek a career in Public Relations, a field that I am confident in and passionate about. Growing up with both parents working in Ad Sales instilled an interest in Communications early on. Connections that my mother has made throughout her career have given me two truly amazing internship experiences at <a href="http://www.afar.com/afar">AFAR Magazine</a> and <a href="http://ldpr.com/">Laura Davidson Public Relations</a>. These opportunities have made me positive that a career in PR will be perfect for me.


So here I am, a freshman in the College of Communications fulfilling my gen ed requirement with SC 200 and looking to regain some of my fascination with science. From the looks of it, it seems like this course will not lead me to further associate science with failure.  


It's great that you're so confident in PR as your major! I'm currently an English major, but I'm looking into picking up PR as a second major, and I'll admit I'm a little nervous about it! Good luck! You can check out my post here.

hey i really like that your are soo determined and your major sounds really interesting. I come from an small highschool as well 63 was my graduating class but you cam read more about me at
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