Many students choose a college based on the major they want to pursue. Others find the major based on the college they attended. Me? I’ve always wanted to pursue every major.
I’ve always had a general interest in just about everything (I read National Geographic and fashion magazines; I like both rap music and Josh Groban), but I really found my niche in high school when I joined the culinary team. I loved how cooking and baking could be both a science and an art at the same time. It was more intellectually stimulating than I ever imagined. I found a passion in cooking and baking that I hadn’t found anywhere else, so I decided to pursue that as a career.
I was hesitant to jump right into culinary school, so my plan was to go into general management or hospitality management to get a Bachelor’s degree, and then go to culinary school after I graduated. I established my major in management at Drake, but during orientation, I was curious about the journalism school. I talked to the professor at the journalism table, and he said if I was interested to sign up for the two introductory classes.
In August of 2013, I was pursuing a business management and open journalism dual-degree. Now, I’m a marketing and news/internet journalism dual-degree. How did that happen?
After two semesters in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, I decided it was time to choose a major that would fit my career. I knew I loved writing, and I also loved the introductory reporting class I took. I could choose a magazine major, where I would learn design, layouts and writing styles for magazines, or I could choose news/internet, a new major that incorporates newspaper reporting and writing for the internet. Because the news/internet major would be more relevant to the future and more useful in various careers, I thought it was a better fit for me.
Now that I had chosen this major, the management major didn’t really fit anymore. I realized that if I wanted to write about food, I could be considered an expert without going into the restaurant industry. Like anything else, you just have to write recipes that are interesting, valid and appetizing. After taking an introductory marketing class, I realized that marketing fits with the news/internet major surprisingly well, and I could continue both majors and have a stable goal for the future.
I still love to cook, and I bake whenever possible. With my leadership position in Spoon University, I have been given the opportunity to combine these three passions (marketing, news/internet and food) into one publication. It just shows that when you love doing something, you can always make it happen as a career.