Dana Drosdick

Dana Drosdick
Sophomore
Digital Communications and Spanish
Ballston Spa, New York

God's Plan: 2. Discovering a major

This is the look people gave me when I told them I was an economics major.

This is the look people gave me when I told them I was an economics major.

I came into college as an economics major, partially because I was good at math, but mostly because my dad told me it would lead me to a guaranteed job. However, as my new friendships began to develop, more and more people began to comment on the very thing I feared the most: I just wasn’t cut out to be an economist.

As is my natural tendency, I immediately went into full panic mode and began asking everyone around me what I should major in. I took personality test after personality test, and somehow managed to narrow it down to eight majors.

Interestingly enough, none of the information I received from others or from the tests made a difference. I learned that the best way to find out what you love to do is to do what you love. On a whim I took the CS 100 course: intro to web design, since I had secretly dreamed of blogging for the past year and wanted to learn how to build a website.

That’s when I realized that my ‘stupid’ dream was actually far from stupid. I stumbled upon digital communications, a mix of everything I love: advertising, programming, editing, writing, branding, designing and more. I discovered a world of passionate individuals communicating to the masses through digital media. I fell in love with connecting people together through technology. I realized I had found my major.

If I went back and told my high school self that God was fostering this desire in me to lead me to my career goals, I would’ve laughed right in my future self’s face. Looking back, though, it’s so true. The whole time I felt lost and alone, God was filling me with hopes and dreams for a future, a future that I just wasn’t ready to realize yet.