July 10, 2011 6 Comments
We all know how it is. There’s a party / dinner / reunion of some sort and some family friend / relative you don’t even know ends up in the same table / spot / boring predicament as you and decides to strike up a conversation.
RP: So are you working?
Me: No, I’m still in college. One more year to go.
RP: Oh, great. What school?
Me: UP Manila.
[RP either knows about UPM and is impressed, or doesn’t know and we start a conversation about how UP Manila is not the newest “branch” of UP Diliman.]
RP: What are you taking up?
Me: Organizational Communication.
RP: What’s that?
There goes the million dollar question. I’ve had these conversations not just with family friends and relatives, but also with course-hunting high school students, HR personnel, my neighbors, my hair cutter, and one or two jeepney drivers–who, for some reason, feel the right be involved in the personal decisions I make.
Usually I size the person up (I’m judgmental like that) and adjust my definition based on how I think of them. It’s not that I look down on certain people–it’s just that I want to inform them based on what they’re interested in.
What I often do is to cater to the FAQs of my degree program. After more or less 2 years of these interviews, here are some myths–and the corresponding shocking facts–about OrCom: