Before heading off to college, the number one piece of advice you will receive is to get involved. Students have so many options to choose from when first arriving on campus and for me, becoming a supporter of San Diego State’s many athletic teams ended up being the best fit.
“The Show”, the name of SDSU’s student section, has become a close-knit group of friends that enjoys attending as many sports events as possible. Feeling the energy swell up from the crowd, onto the court, and into our players during a neck-to-neck basketball game is indescribable. The students know that they have not only helped the team snatch the victory, but also played a major part in positively representing our school.
I highly recommend going to as many sporting events as possible when getting involved in school.
Part of the college experience is getting involved with campus activities that will help you learn useful skills for your major and career. As a journalism major with an emphasis in media studies, I took the opportunity to work behind the scenes at a San Diego State University’s men’s basketball game with the media relations team. I spent the game running stats to the tech vans, analyzing players’ moves and being present for the post-game press conference. Afterwards, I transcribed players’ quotes from the press conference to post online. I really enjoyed this opportunity because it gave me a glimpse into the real work I would be doing in my career field.
Choosing a major is a challenging decision that many college students encounter throughout their college career. Some students come into their freshman year knowing what they want to major in. Other students are still unsure of what they want to study during their time in college. If you are entering your first year of college knowing that the major you entered with is not something you are passionate about, you are not alone. Many students change their major several times until they are able to find a major that they enjoy learning about.
There are many ways in which students can obtain information on choosing the major that fits them the best:
- Go to an advising center on campus where counselors are available to discuss your career interests with you.
- Intern to experience the potential career pathways that a major can lead you to.
- Attend career fairs at your campus to become informed on what jobs certain majors have to offer after college.
Most importantly, you must know that the decision is yours to make. You will know when a major is right for you, simply because you will enjoy learning more and more about it.