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Switching my Major to Communication

Posted on 5/20/2021 7:46:47 PM by Anna Schmader

It was an interesting road to get here. I talked with Dr. Jerry Zurek, who has now retired, and he guided me through a list of the courses I would need to complete for a communication degree. At the beginning of my college career, I knew I wanted to pursue marketing/advertising, but I wanted to expand. Communication was the next best thing I believed I could pursue to benefit me most in my future. There will most likely be a communications department within any organization, business, or company I work for in the future. 

At Cabrini, there is the option to be a Communication Major or a Digital Communication and Social Media Major. I chose to be a communication student because I knew I didn’t want anything to do specifically with social media in my future career. This didn’t mean that I didn’t have any social media classes. I did, but not as many as other students. 

Prior to completing the paperwork to switch majors, I asked the communication students about the department to get a better understanding. The feedback was mostly positive, which further reassured me that I wouldn’t be going into the major with no guidance. In fact, that’s what I like most about being a communication student now. The professors and students are active, helpful, and friendly. The teachers and peers I’ve met have made me love the department and major more than I even thought I would. 

My main takeaway from switching majors is to do background research and ask current students. I understand it can be hard to randomly ask a student you don’t know about advice, but that’s how connections and networking works. It may feel like a lot of work to figure this out, but it has been worth it for me.