Ana Mastropiero ‘16
Major: Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC)
How did you choose your major?
During my first week at IC, I registered for a class called, Exploring the Options. This class was definitely the best decision I made my first semester. Throughout the semester, I was able to discuss my interests with other Exploratory students and receive feedback that I had never considered before. The best part of this class was probably the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test that we took, which outlined potential career choices for me based on how I answered some questions. I highly suggest that Exploratory students take this test, which is available for free at Career Services. Based on the results I received on that test and activities I know I enjoy doing, I was able to decide on IMC as my major.
What was your favorite resource to use when you were an Exploratory student?
My favorite resource as an Exploratory student was definitely my faculty advisor. Her knowledge of the majors and minors at IC as well as the course catalog allowed her to give me great suggestions on courses to take while I was still exploring. Having a good relationship with my advisor is part of the reason I decided on my major and will be able to graduate on time.
What do you like most about the Exploratory Program?
My favorite part about the exploratory program is the amount of freedom available. While you do have to declare your major before 60 credits, the way you get there is entirely up to you. If you’d like to take a class to help you out, the program offers that. If you’d just like to connect with a past or present exploratory student that could give you some guidance, that is also possible. Then there are the countless numbers of faculty and staff members available through the different schools, career services, the advising center, and more. Whatever style you want to use to find your way to a major, the program tries to accommodate you.
What is your biggest piece of advice to a current Exploratory student?
Look into all of the schools when looking for a major. Don’t limit yourself because you heard something bad about a major or didn’t like taking a certain class required for that major in high school. There are so many programs at IC that you may not know about Freshman year but the more you look, ask questions, and even meet with professors that teach in that major, the better able you are to make the right choice for you.
What extracurriculars are you involved with on campus?
This year I will be the Advertising Chair for Active Minds at Ithaca College, a Student Leadership Consultant in the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, a President’s Host Committee Tour Guide, and Associate Marketing Manager downtown at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works.
List any recent accomplishments:
This past year I received the Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership.