As I finish up my fourth year of college I am starting to think about the big question: what am I going to do for the rest of life, which for many is a very scary question. I am filled with nerves, excitement, and apprehension. Do I want to go to grad school or do I want to take a year off? How can I make a decision that will impact the rest of my life?! After talking with a past employer and staff member at CSU Channel Islands I was given a piece of advice that I cherish and will continue to pass on. She told me you don’t need to stress about deciding what you are going to do for the rest of your life, you just need to decide what to do next. Just like college, life is full of steps you take to progress you along your journey. Every year was a stepping stone towards my goal of graduating. So when things get stressful in high school or in college, don’t think about making a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life or for all of college… just think about what you need to do next.
Being a Communications Studies major is tough. Not in the sense that the workload is a lot or the classes are hard, but dealing with snarky remarks from my peers is something that I have come to deal with almost on a daily basis. Many people see communications as a “useless” degree and one that is chosen by people who do not know what to do with their lives. People are always asking me questions like “What are you going to do with a degree in Communications?” I understand why they ask this because communications is a very broad major; you have so many different career tracks that you can choose when you graduate. However, I am here to make the argument that it is because communications is very general that makes it one of the best degrees you can have.
I have friends in this major who want to be radio hosts, lawyers, real estate agents, and even race car drivers. Personally, I am aiming to be a concert producer/promoter. I love spotting talent in musicians and would love the opportunity to work for a record label and help with setting up events. So for those out there who don’t exactly know what career they want, I say declare a Communication Studies major. Not only is it full of classes that are actually applicable to everyday life (such as handling relationships and public speaking), you will be among one of the most diverse group of students on campus.
My name is Xiomara Maldonado, I’m 22 years old and I attend Cal State LA, “Home of the Golden Eagles”. I graduated from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in 2008 and I am currently pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Nursing at CSULA. I work on campus as the student coordinator for the Orientation and Campus Tour program to help promote higher education and campus resources. Before college, I always knew I wanted to be a healthcare professional, but with the help of career counselors and my family, I was able to narrow my options and decided that Nursing was the career for me. My experience in the Nursing program at CSULA has confirmed that I made the right decision. I’ve realized that nurses aren’t just essential, but a necessary component to a patient’s recovery process. Although doctors save lives, nurses keep you alive and I know I can be that professional with therapeutic communication skills, knowledge and patience. From patient education to wound care, I have enjoyed the journey of helping patient’s recuperate physically and emotionally and there’s no better feeling than hearing a sincere “thank you” from patients when they’re ready to go home. I want to be the best nurse I can be and I feel this program is preparing me to get there. I’ve learned how to prioritize, think critically and how to be culturally competent. I love my major and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys helping others. It is a difficult major to achieve, but it isn’t impossible and it is definitely worth it. Whether it’s nursing or another major, make your passion a profession and enjoy your career.