How to pick a major for college

Hi everyone, my name is Irina Voloshina. I am 24 years old, live in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Originally I was born in Russia, I came to the states when I was 8 years old. In 2012 I graduated from Florida International University with a degree in Business Administration. As of right now I work in a logistics company in Doral as an operations analysis assistant. I have been at this job almost 2 years now and I love it there. In my free time I like to hang out with my family and friends, and if possible travel a little to relax. Eventually I would like to move up to New York, I enjoy being in the city, so in the future I definitely see myself living there.

My name is Irina and I graduated from Florida International University in 2012 with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to attending college, I remember researching about which school I should go to, if I should move on campus and have the college life experience or live at home. I ended up commuting to school, it was less stressful and cheaper than if I were to live on campus. It was definitely still the college experience, I made many friends that I’m still close to this day For me, I thought I had it all figured out, a plan to graduate in International Business, but my advice to current and future students is to not limit yourself from the beginning. Take classes that not only satisfy your major but also classes that you will enjoy learning something new. When I was close to my graduation date, I also decided to pick two other majors: Marketing & Finance, and I’m glad that I did. It was related to what I was already studying and made me see running a business from different perspectives. I graduated in 3 1\2 years with three different majors, and after I tried to take on accounting as well, but I decided it wasn’t for me. As you go, you really do start figuring out what interests you, and if you have to switch your major, don’t feel intimidated or scared to go in a completely different direction, because in the end that’s what you’ll end up doing for the rest of your life. One of my best friends struggled with this in college, she was studying medicine, and wanted to become a dentist eventually, however the amount of work and time that she needed to put in was really stressful. She went back and forth, but in the end decided to continue on that path in medicine. Now, she will be graduating this December, even though at times it seemed impossible, when you really want to do something, I don’t think nothing can stop you. For me I always knew I wanted to be in Business, but in FIU after taking all those classes in Marketing, Finance, and Accounting, I knew that International Business was what I enjoyed the most. Picking out a major so early in life is a little difficult, because there are so many options to choose from, but pick something that is first of realistic, and something that is broad, so if you want to change your job in the future, let’s say from operations to marketing, there’s not that much difference. Now going from medicine to let’s say Communications major, might be tough, that’s why it’s good to take a variety of classes in the beginning and really see which ones work out for you and which ones don’t. One class that I took as an elective was on Mysticism, and I really enjoyed the class, but for me as a possible career choice I wouldn’t be able to study that. It doesn’t hurt to take something outside your major to have well rounded knowledge in different topics.

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