Did You Already Choose Your Major?
On Tuesday, Oct.13 six representatives of the faculty, invited by the Advising Center at AUBG , shared their personal stories in order to help students choose a major. The event, held at ABF, gathered mostly first-year students, who had an opportunity to receive a professional advice regarding their future.
The participants were Joseph Pilov, John Rodrigue, Pierangelo Castagneto, Dannie Chalk, Devadas Rajaram and Filitsa Mullen. All of them provided a summary of how they figured out their professional path. Also, they gave the students personal advice.
First one was Professor Pilov. He graduated from AUBG with a degree in Business Administration and now teaches in the department. He worked for Microsoft for 15 years and then for two more years he developed his own business. According to him, “Big companies in the business world look for tolerance, for ambiguity.”
Next was John Rodrigue, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Arts, Languages, and Literature Department. He shared that he never knew in particular what he would like to study. Therefore, students should not be scared if their plans about the future are still unclear. “Have fun and make sure you have stories by the time you graduate, because as time passes, these stories will keep you warm,” said Rodrigue.
Pierangelo Castagneto, an Assistant Professor of the History and Civilizations Department, talked third. He said, “Understand what person you want to be.” According to Dannie Chalk, an Assistant Professor of the Arts, Languages and Literature Department, it is not easy to find one’s path. However, at AUBG there are a lot of choices and opportunities. She warned the students that employers “do not hire degrees, they hire people with skills.”
The fifth one to talk was Profesor Rajaram, an instructor of the Journalism and Mass Communication Department. He comes from India and this is his first year at AUBG. He told his story and shared what choices he made and what was the reason behind them. According to him, “Passion will not take you anywhere, you have to build on it.”
Professor Mullen was the last one. She is an Assistant Professor teaching in the Department of Arts, Languages, and Literature. Since the age of 12, Mullen knew that she wanted to study literature and languages. She said she loves writing. Mullen encouraged the students to ask themselves the questions, “What am I good at? Where do I envision myself 10 years from now?”
When asked about whether they would want to change anything concerning their choices till now, the professors unanimously disagreed. According to them, an individual should experiment and search for his or her personal passion without having the fear of making a mistake.
After the discussion, the students had the chance to ask questions to the student advising team and have a talk with the professors about their fields of interest. “It was interesting to hear what such professionals can share about their professional careers,” said Denis Zhelyazkov, a first-year student. “I have not decided what to study yet and I was actually hoping to see representatives of the Economics Department and the Politics and European Studies Department. Apart from that, the event was really helpful.”
This article was a joint effort of AUBG Daily’s Owls Zhaklin Dib and Mina Dobreva.