You Only Learn Once
YOLO! In college, you only learn once…just kidding. College is the time where you learn so much about yourself, about what you want to do professionally, about how you interact with other people, etc. I highly recommend checking out every club or organization or minor or class that sounds even the slightest bit interesting to you because you have 4 years to take advantage of as many opportunities here at USC, and there are a lot of opportunities.
As for what I’ve been learning here at school this semester, it’s been all over the place. Pursuing a major in Business Administration, a minor in Psychology, and a minor in “Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism” keeps me on my toes, but I like it that way. I’m taking an advanced writing course right now, but it is somewhat unconventional in that instead of papers and essays, we write well-informed blog posts. This will definitely give me an advantage in social media skills if I decide to work in marketing in the future. It has also allowed me to be creative in how I express myself and form well-reasoned arguments for topics that I care about.
I am also in a Business Communication class called Creativity in Business. Every week we take an introspective look at our creative side and discuss how that might relate to how we manage, work in teams, or generate business ideas. It’s unlike any other business class I’ve taken, in a good way. I’ve learned to have a more open mind, to not be bogged down with my own judgments or worries, and to not be afraid to take risks.
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, I’m also taking a class called Business Information Systems-Spreadsheets Applications. Each week we learn how to use different tools in Microsoft Excel and how they connect to different fields of business. For example, one week we learned how Excel could be used to combine data for a detailed financial analysis. More recently we have been learning about pivot tables and sorting data by demographic, a skill that could be very useful in sales or marketing positions. Perhaps one of the most practical classes I’ve taken here, IOM401 will definitely serve me well after I graduate.