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Dream Job, Next Exit

More than 50% of college students change their major while attending college, so why is the stigma still present? There is truly no "correct time" to change your major, or time period where it is “too late." As a college student, I changed my major three times until I found the career path that allowed me to pursue my passion. Upon entering college, I thought I had my whole life figured out. It wasn’t until my junior year of college that I realized I was not chasing a career path I knew I would enjoy. Over the winter break of my junior year, I was asked what my passion was. Without hesitation, I answered the question and stated, “music." After I responded to the question, I realized my inten

Places That Have Inspired My Life

Hawaii When I was thirteen years old, I moved from Japan to Hawaii because of my parent's job. My life has changed ever since I arrived. First, I was despondent that I had to move to Hawaii because I had to leave my friends, school, and childhood home. My parents told me it would be a great experience, but as a thirteen-year-old child, I was fearful of having to learn a new language, meet people, and adapt to a new place. On the first day of school, not knowing English was very hard, it was especially hard to keep up. However, people around me kept cheering me up. After a while, I discovered that we can still communicate through my facial expressions and body language, even without understan

Transitioning from College to a Full-Time Career

Life is full of transitions. We are all constantly evolving and growing as individuals. Change is a necessary part of life. However, for some of us, change can be a challenging thing. I put myself through many changes, pushing and opening myself up to new opportunities. But change also means letting go, and that process for me can deplete you emotionally. Recently, I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. My time at Southern Miss was indeed the best three and a half years of my life. Southern Miss gave me so much more than just a degree. It has instilled in me strength, taught me how to be brave, and work hard. It also gave me self-confidence, provided me with lifelong frien

Taking Advantage of What is Around You

How many times have you heard the phrase “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger." Probably enough times that it now just sounds cheesy. A few minutes of scrolling through LinkedIn gives the impression that 2020 is ‘The Year’ for Everybody. The Year to find a job, The Year to get the promotion, The Year to get back into shape. You name it. As pleasant as it is to have resolutions, dreams, and milestones, we often forget about the obstacles that come with them. An opportunity cannot be a dream if it does not have its difficulties. Sometimes, obstacles do not just come in the form of rejection. Sometimes they come in the form of unfortunate events, such as the coronavirus pandemic. As we all

Dare to Dream: Navigating American Education as an International Student

As I was making my morning 4 a.m. commute to work as a Financial Associate in capital markets, life struck me with inspiration through a simple HBR article. I had a fantastic job, I was a fresh grad ready to conquer the world, and I truly wanted to “make a difference.” Even after three years into the job, that I loved every ounce of it, I was itching to go back to school. As an Indian student dreaming of an American education every waking minute, our domestic currency made that dream more and more impossible. However, one person was more determined than me to help me realize my desire to attend Brandeis University. And that was my father. Today, I am going to share some of the trade secrets