SOS: I’m Not A Business Major

This March I had the opportunity to attend the international collegiate marketing conference in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the American Marketing Association executive board. I learned a lot on this trip; why my digital footprint is so important, tips for successful fundraising, and effective networking information. It was eye opening, in more ways than one.

What was most apparent at the beginning of this conference was the fact that I am not a business major. What was most apparent at the end of this conference was the fact that I am so happy I am not a business major.

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Why you should wait to Declare a Major

*this is a companion piece to my other blog, “Myths About Undeclared Majors”.

When I first came to SJU I was undeclared. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what my career should be. Freshman year for me was very informative and helpful.

Entering college undeclared lowered my stress level and eased my transition into college.

For students entering college as a declared major, the stress level and workload can be overwhelming. For example, a science major must endured hours of challenging class work, homework and reading, and lab work, a total of hours almost double to that of a humanities major.

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Myths about Undeclared Majors

*this is a companion piece to my other blog, “Why you should wait to Declare a Major”.

Until recent college history, the concept of majors has been highly superficial.

A QUICK HISTORY LESSON: During the rise of modern European universities during the 13th century, colleges were founded to teach a higher education to a singular company of persons. During that time, a university, as a whole, was only dedicated to one specific subject or taught the same specified range of subjects to all its students. Today, however, colleges offer a slew of subject courses that a student must choose from to become an expert.

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Public and Private Accounting Differences

Understanding the differences of the two main types of accounting can help you decide how to start your career path. The two main types of accounting are public and private. The big difference is in private you can only work for one company, while in public you work with more than one client or company. For example in private accounting, you would just be working for Coca-Cola; and in public accounting you would be working for a firm that provides accounting services to Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

Starting your career in a private company like Coca-Cola, you would not typically receive any true accounting experience unless if you are in their corporate headquarters.

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10 Quick Tips for Finals

As a senior, I have been through the ups and downs, the good grades and the bad, of finals. And believe me, YOU CAN DO IT! You can conquer that final you’ve been dreading all semester.

Here a are a few quick tips to help you study:

  1. Go to as many review sessions as you can. Reviewing past material with your professor or TA can never hurt. They know what they’re talking about and they know what might be on the final exam.
  2. Find a study group. Having a support group is super important.

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Out of the Darkness

This past Sunday, SJU held its first-ever Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention. Sponsored by the Dean’s Leadership Program, the walk drew over 300 students and raised over $3,000 for the SJU and national chapters of Active Minds, a mental health awareness and advocacy organization. I was one of the 300 present for the walk on Sunday night, and for a first-time event, it was really well done. 

 

The walk began with student leaders from the Dean’s Leadership Program introducing its importance, followed by an associate dean of the business school,

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Bad News in a Good Way

“No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.” ― Sophocles, Antigone

I hate bad news. I mean, who does?

Bad news is something that could ruin you day, or your week, or your month, or your life in some cases. Unfortunately, for most of us, bad news cannot be forever avoided. Because if all you got was good news in life, it wouldn’t be good, it would just be news. You need some bad to balance out and appreciate the good.

As such, bad news should always be delivered with good news. Obvious,

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Get your LinkedIn in

LinkedIn is a valuable resource to assist with your job search because of how simple it makes networking. Even though networking may take a lot of patience, it should not seem so bad. It is a task that will pay off once you get your dream job. LinkedIn helps portray your professional image to employers while staying up to date with professionals that you meet or would like to. The social media website for business is tremendous way to build and stay current with your network.

LinkedIn is Green

After talking with a professional at a career fair or networking event,

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CPA: The Letters after Your Name Matters

Since I decided to become an accounting major, I have always contemplated if I should become a certified public accountant. I am now a senior and I have decided that I want to obtain my CPA license.

Accountants get their CPA license to work in public accounting. After CPAs get their experience, they do not have to stay working in public accounting firms. Whether they stay in public accounting or work in private business, they are trusted to provide financial advice for businesses.

I was hesitant to make the decision to become a CPA because I was not entirely sure if I wanted to work in public accounting.

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Why I Chose Accounting

During internship interviews, everyone is asked:  Why did you choose (insert major) as your major? When I am asked this question, I use it as an opportunity to tell the employer about myself. Deciding a major is just as big of a decision as deciding where to go to college. Some students decide their major based on the college that they are or will be attending, while other students decide the college based on the major that they would like to major in. I was a student that knew I wanted to major in accounting and then decided to go to Saint Joseph’s based on majoring in accounting.

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