• Explore Their Path


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Danielle Massis, Found Her Major Tribe in Accounting!

Watch Danielle Massis share why she decided to switch her major from Biology to Accounting and describe how she sat in a room with her new Accounting peers and realized, “these are my people!”

This interview with Danielle helped inspire the Explore Their Path blog and suggests how you might use this blog in your exploration process!

 

Video and interview by Karen Ver Trinidad. Music by Bensound.com.

Amie Lu ’20, Switched from Biology to Advertising Major

Profile Photo of Amie Lu with Graduation StoleCurrent Student, Alumni, Faculty, or Staff?: Alumni

Name: Amie Lu

Title: Brand Ambassador

Company / Department: Oliver Space

Major(s), Minor(s), Program(s): Majored in Advertising and was part of the McGrath Scholars

Previous Major(s), Minor(s), Program(s): Biology

What attracted you to your initial major(s) and minor(s)?: I started off with Biology because I was inspired by those in my family and sought to become a pediatrician.

What inspired you to change program(s)?: During my time in community college, I realized that STEM classes didn’t interest me as much as I thought. I also learned that those classes brought on more stress and made me realize I wasn’t as happy, so I looked into the Advertising program upon transferring to USF.

What did you like best about your major(s) and minor(s)?: For Advertising, I enjoyed having professors from the industry teaching us and sharing their experiences as well as working with different peers to learn more about ourselves.

What was most challenging about your major(s) and minor(s)?: Being disciplined and not being closed minded. In the world of Advertising, things can change quickly, just like life.

How did your major(s) and minor(s) prepare you for your career?: The Advertising department did a very good job with creating hands on assignments that would be similar to situations to that of in the actual industry. This allowed me to gain a better understanding of what role I would best fit.

What resources helped you with your exploration journey?: CASA, Student Leadership & Engagement (SLE), Career Services, and CAB. All three helped me better understand what I actually enjoy and what I don’t.

What advice do you have for students exploring majors?: Your first major is not your last. Do what makes you happy.

Sabrina Chaudhry Ellison, ’99, Communications Major Leading the Warriors Dance Teams

Sabrina Ellison pictured alongside Warriors Dance TeamSabrina Chaudhry Ellison ‘ 99 used her leadership skills, Communication Studies major, and Business minor to create the first USF Dance Team while she was a student.  She started off as a business major but later focused most on her passions for dance and her interest in Communication Studies.  Now, she applies those sames skills and the knowledge she gained at USF to oversee all aspects of the Oakland Warriors three dance troupes.  Read this USF News article to find out more about how Sabrina’s education helped her sustain her passion for dance – both on the court and behind the scenes.

https://www.usfca.edu/news/putting-the-roar-roar-acle

Eduardo Rosenfeld, Pursuing His True Interests as a Philosophy Major

Eduardo Rosenfeld Profile PhotoCurrent Student, Alumni, Faculty, or Staff?:  Alumni

Name: Eduardo Rosenfeld

Title: Writer

Company / Department: Najera in America

Major(s), Minor(s), Program(s): Philosophy

Previous Major(s), Minor(s), Program(s): Computer Science, Business Administration, Management, & Marketing, Communications

What attracted you to your initial major(s) and minor(s)?: I was attracted to my initial majors because I thought graduating with these titles would bring me a sense of worth from money or respect.

What inspired you to change program(s)?: I wasn’t happy with my life.

What did you like best about your major(s) and minor(s)?: Philosophy was the only major that stimulated me.

What was most challenging about your major(s) and minor(s)?: The discipline it takes to argue for a point in a paper.

How did your major(s) and minor(s) prepare you for your career?: It bettered my writing and allowed me to think outside of the box.

What resources helped you with your exploration journey?: CASA.

What advice do you have for students exploring majors?: Explore the majors that make you happy, not those that are simply means to other ends.