Heather Crespin ‘16
Major: Culture and Communication
How did you choose your major?
I had a very long process of choosing my major! I took Elizabeth Bleicher’s Exploring the Options class during the fall of my freshman year and absolutely loved the course. It helped me figure out what types of subjects interested me, and which ones didn’t. (Both fortunately and unfortunately, I was interested in a LOT of things!). One of the subjects that stood out to me was communications, so by the spring of my freshman year, I had declared an Integrated Marketing Communications major. However, after being in the program for a semester, I discovered in the fall of my sophomore year that marketing wasn’t for me. In talking with my career mentor in the Office of Career Services, Caryanne Keenan, I was guided towards exploring the Culture and Communication major as an alternative option. Upon further exploration, I found that it sounded exactly like me, and would be perfect for me! I made the switch to Culture and Communication, and I haven’t looked back!
What was your favorite resource to use when you were an Exploratory student?
I found it really rewarding to work with the Office of Career Services. (I’m a bit biased because I work there now!) I was able to take tests there that measured my interest in academic subjects and possible careers, as well as my personality type. They really helped me understand myself better, so I could make a better choice about what I’d study.
What do you like most about being an Exploratory Peer Mentor?
I absolutely love meeting prospective students and their parents at open house and accepted students’ weekends. Seeing prospective students light up when they hear about all Ithaca has to offer is so rewarding and exciting, and being able to answer the students’ and parents’ questions from my own experience is a way for me to pay back the Exploratory Program for all the help it has given me.
What is your biggest piece of advice to a current Exploratory student?
Don’t worry about making the “right choice” for a major right off the bat. Take your time, explore, and really find out who you are. If you get into a major and realize that it’s not for you, that’s ok! You can always switch majors!
What extracurriculars are you involved with on campus?
Peer Career Advisor at the Office of Career Services
Student Worker at Ithaca Dining Services