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 advisor, Elizabeth Bleicher. 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 being an Exploratory Peer Mentor?
My favorite part of being an Exploratory Peer Mentor is attending admission events on behalf of the Exploratory program. Having the opportunity to interact with potential or admitted students and share with them the benefits of coming to Ithaca College as an Exploratory student is something I look forward to each semester.
What is your biggest piece of advice to a current Exploratory student?
Before declaring your major, try to get an internship or volunteer experience in the field you are interested in. For me, doing so validated that I would enjoy the work I would be doing as an IMC student.
What extracurriculars are you involved with on campus?
Active Minds at Ithaca College, Internal Relations Chair
American Marketing Association, VP of Communications
Resident Assistant, Terrace 5
Cashier, Mac’s General Store
IC Students Consulting for Non-Profits, General Member