I was someone who often struggled throughout high school and college trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Then, I finally hit a wall. What was I going to do? The clock was ticking and I had to make a decision. I hated school and I didn’t want to stay any longer than I needed to. Even though I always did well and always gave my best effort, sitting at a desk and learning useless things I’d never use in everyday life always seemed so pointless to me. After countless meetings with academic advisors and doing my own research, I decided Communications was the best path for me. I had considered business management, but having a mother and sister in the finance industry, I always had two professors at home –  not to mention I am terrible with numbers. 


My Decision Process: 


My decision to major in Communications definitely did not come easy. I was terrified that I wouldn’t get a job and that I wouldn’t learn anything of value. I kept taking classes that I didn’t need and eventually became frustrated. 


Luckily, one of my advisors encouraged me to go with Communications, as it would allow me the flexibility to take multiple electives across different departments. I also learned that skills learned in these classes are applicable to my everyday life. I finally chose Communications in my junior year and now I am officially a college graduate. I can honestly say that I made the right decision and I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed pursuing any other major. 


Benefits of Communications: 


The skills I’ve acquired through classes in my major have already become very useful. Working in two different gyms, I have to know the proper way to communicate with gym members and clients. Certain classes like Intro to PR and Crisis Communication taught by Professor Magas have been especially helpful as we have continued work through the pandemic. 


For prospective students, I would also recommend Communications if you enjoy writing. I have always found writing to be enjoyable, so essays and other writing assignments interest me and became a major aspect of my major. 


Communications is a very versatile major, therefore you’ll be able to use your Communications degree in a plethora of different ways. You can go into PR, event planning, media planning, social media managing, human resources and more. I’ve landed an internship with TMPG, an entertainment marketing company, and I’m especially excited to finally put my degree to good use. I’m not sure where it will take me, but I know I have the tools to succeed after taking classes in the MCVA department. 

About the writer:

Briana Zambardi transferred to Pace from Fairfield University halfway through her sophomore year. She graduated on May 17th, 2021 with a degree in Communications. Zambardi currently works for Life Time Fitness in Chappaqua and Harrison and is a manager at Title Boxing Club of Ardsley. In her free time, she enjoys going out with friends, working out, discovering new movies and television shows, and finding unique restaurants to visit.