Year Graduated: 2009
Major at Michigan: BA - Communication Studies, Political Science
Share the story of why you chose your major.
I began at U-M in the College of LSA with no idea what I wanted to do. I took several introductory classes like Statistics, American Culture, and Psychology. I eventually took a Communication Studies class and realized it combined all of the aspects of other classes that I liked: the study of people’s behavior and how to measure that. I eventually was taking as many political media courses as I could, so I ended up majoring in Political Science as well. Although my majors were not planned from the beginning, I did work on forming a plan as I went along - so by the end of my college career I could explain to someone WHY I chose what I did.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
I joined a sorority my freshman year, Alpha Chi Omega, and became very involved, eventually becoming the President. I really found my niche with these women. I also joined LSA Student Government as the Secretary! Diversifying my “out of the classroom” experience helped me meet such a variety of people and lifelong friends.
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
I’ve been in my current job for three years. However, in my first year I realized a few things: it’s important to establish yourself as an adult and as a professional. Even if you wish you were still a student, figure out your office’s professional culture and adapt! Also, treat your first year on the job like your first year anywhere—absorb as much information as you can. This relates to professional development (which many offices and industries offer) as well as the people with whom you work. Get to know people (even if you don’t work with them every day)—you will eventually need to work with them! This will show you’re committed to your work and the community.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)
I’ve discovered at my current job that I love the one on one interactions with people. I most enjoy telling them the amazing things U-M and LSA are doing now with current students and how they, as alumni, can help us. This, I believe, will lead to a career in fundraising—getting to help an amazing institution fund its most pressing priorities!
What is one thing every student should have on their “career to-do” list?
Answer this question for yourself immediately: if you had to work but didn’t have to earn money, what would you do? That answer tells a lot about what you love to do the most!
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