Choose your major

My name is Mirna Maldonado and I am currently a junior at DePaul University. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with two minors in the French language and Statistics. I currently work for Martin Rock Interiors as an assistant manager administrating employee salaries, invoicing and developing business tactics to ensure the productivity of the company. My goal is to gain skills in assessing employees characteristics and then matching these individuals to specific occupations in which they are likely to perform well. I desire to develop job-conduct standards, and be able to measure task performance. I covet to understand such factors that improve individuals’ performance and health while at the same time benefiting the organization as a whole. My long-term goal is to be able to focus on improving employee satisfaction and maximizing the productivity of a workforce. At the same time, I aspire to share my experiences with those who share similar aspirations in order to expand their outlooks to the future.

remember reading, MAT 150, Lewis 1404, 10:10 a.m. on my schedule for the first day of classes during my freshman year. I felt indifferent, not exactly knowing what I should have expected of the class. I walked in, found a seat, in the middle row and sat down. The professor walked in, he had a little suitcase, took out a piece of chalk and began writing his name on the blackboard. He handed out the syllabus, he went over it and he began lecturing about derivatives. After an hour and a half, the class was over. For the first two quarters of my freshman year, my life was surrounded around mathematics. At the moment as a Mathematics and Computer Science major, I could say that I liked and appreciated my career choice.
Until one day, in one of my elective classes, a speaker came into our class to talk about his career as a head coordinator of an organization that helped young women to learn about contraception. As he came into the class, there was a joyous expression on his face. Just as he began to speak about his career, he was particularly enthusiastic about his job in the sense of being able to makes changes to society and helping others. The manner that he expressed himself was captivating and compelling. He talked about his job being the best thing that had happened to him. As a matter of fact, I was shocked at how he not only liked his job, but also was completely passionate about it. Towards the end of his presentation, he asked about our majors and allowed each of us to express our reasoning behind our choice. When I tried to answer that to myself at the moment, it seemed harder than a math question, I did not know the right answer. When it came to my turn to answer, I merely said it was because I was efficient and good at math however I stumbled upon my own words knowing that I was not giving a complete answer. That was the first time I realize that my career choice might have not been the best decision for me.
The obstacle was not necessarily discovering that my career choice was not what I sincerely wanted, but not knowing what major truly made me content. I went from a mathematics and computer science major to an undecided major. Those days were the most difficult for me, as everyday I struggled to know what was my real vocation for the future. As I got more frustrated, I went to see my advisor. She told me that I should look into getting some of the required classes out of my way, but to choose those classes according to what captured my eye. As I perused through the pages of classes that DePaul offered, I came across an introductory course to psychology. I had always heard that it was an interesting subject, however it never seemed appealing because everyone liked it, I wanted to be different. Also, I was looking for a major that had math incorporated a component that I thought psychology was far from. However, I was wrong.

I remember reading, PSY 106, Levan 206, 9:40 a.m. on my schedule for the first day of classes during my sophomore year. Once again I felt indifferent, not exactly knowing what I should have expected of the class. As usual, I walked in, found a seat, in the middle row and sat down. The professor walked in, hands out the syllabus, pulls out a flash drive that had a PowerPoint and he began lecturing. Only this time, as he lectured and brought upon the most interesting topics of general psychology, my eyes shined with an intriguing look. He brought upon the most mind-boggling topics. Subjects that I had never really put much thought into and being able to apply it to the real world was an aspect of psychology that began to allure me.
I learned that psychology is an general dimension of science that has its different branches of psychology. From human services, child development, to clinical concentrations in psychology there was one respective branch that captured my interest immediately, industrial and organization psychology. For the first time walking into my psychology classes no longer seem to be dreading. Learning about the scientific study of human behavior in the workplace and being able to apply psychological principles to an industry to ameliorate the working conditions, fascinated me. For once, I looked forward to participating in class and learning about things I did not know about before. I immediately fell in love with the world of psychology, the systematic and applicable approaches that it offers.
Now, I can answer the speaker’s question. I chose my major, because it allures me to bigger ideas and a greater knowledge. It gives me an incentive to create an environment in which people are able to enjoy going to their job and be able to create new innovations for our society.

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