What’s your Major? Switching From Political Science to Communications.
There is No Better Feeling Than Finding the Environment Where You Belong
By Brett Vergara, John Fisher College
“So… what are you going to school for?” This can be one of the most stressful questions that we college students regularly face going through our academic career. Sure, some people have known what they want to do with their life since they were eight years old… lucky them. However, there are many of us that have had that vision change SEVERAL times. Personally, I have gone through many different possible scenarios.
In the past ten years, I have wanted to pursue a career in: Paleontology (thanks Jurassic Park), horseracing (thanks Mom and Dad), architecture, being a rock star, law, psychology, and I am currently at a healthy medium between communications and entertainment. When I first started my college career, I came in declared as a Political Science major. I was SET on the idea that I was going to become an entertainment lawyer, and I felt pretty committed to the thought.
For my entire freshmen year, I was taking all political science/law classes. During my spring semester of freshmen year, I took a class that was a bit different from the rest. It was called “Politics and Protest Songs”. It was actually the first time the class was ever taught, so it was a fun little experimentation. The gist of the class was that we would spend a week covering a certain era in history, and we would take a look at some songs that were from that time period. We would then take a deep look at their lyrics and the musical style and really analyze the meanings and historical context behind them. It was pretty neat! For our final project of the semester, our professor issued the challenge of writing and composing our own song. Furthermore, he said that the top three songwriters would be able to work with the “Intro to Video Production” class, and have their song recorded and turned into a music video. This class was taught by Dr. Todd Sodano, who has become one of the greatest mentors in my life.
I was lucky enough to be selected to work with the class and this is where my exposure to Communications/Journalism here at St. John Fisher College began. When I was working with the class, I was able to take a glimpse into the world of Communications. I was really intrigued by the diversity of study within the program, the “hands-on” projects, the personalities of people within the major, and the warm and welcoming attitude by the department faculty. It was an absolute pleasure working with this class.
At the beginning of my sophomore year, I officially switched my major from Political Science to Communications/Journalism. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy political science; it was just that I was passionate about the Communications/Journalism program, and I felt like it is where I belonged. This has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have officially been a Communications/Journalism major for two years now and I have enjoyed every moment within the program. The classes are incredibly enjoyable for me and I am very passionate about the projects I am able to work on. More importantly, I feel such a sense of support and encouragement from the faculty within the department. Dr. Sodano, as well as many other professors within the department, has consistently been there to help guide me and push me to achieve my fullest potential.
I can remember plenty of times sitting with my professors for hours in their office either asking for help, practicing for an interview, or simply just talking with them about what I wanted to do with my life. They have given me the confidence to pursue my passions and have helped mold me into the person I am today. I am incredibly grateful for the skills and lessons I have learned being a part of the Communications/Journalism program here at St. John Fisher College; but I am even more grateful for the relationships I am taking with me, and I plan to treasure these relationships for many years to come.
My advice for anyone looking to answer that, “What are you doing with your life” question is simple and somewhat cliché; explore what you are passionate about. Although it sounds corny, it is completely true. It is never too late for you to explore these passions, and there is no better feeling than finding the environment where you belong.