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When I first applied to North Carolina State University, I knew it was the school for me. It just had the right feel to it and I felt the sense of belonging whenever I was on campus. What I did not know, however, is what I really wanted to do at NC State. I initially applied for Criminology as a major, just because police officers and fighting crime always was intriguing to me, but I still did not really think it was what I wanted to do with my life. I eventually got accepted for Criminology, but only after realizing it was not what I wanted to do with my life. I then heard about the Exploratory Studies program here, and it seemed perfect for me to have time to explore my options and figure out exactly what it is that I want to do. Shortly after entering the program, I developed a strong interest in engineering, more specifically Computer Science. I was considering pursuing a major in Computer Science with a minor in Criminology so I decided to utilize my resources to either confirm my interest in this field, or find something else I may be interested in.
With a major in Computer Science and minor in Criminology, the main field I wish to go in to is cybersecurity. This sounds very appealing to me and I have had a strong interest in fighting crime and stopping criminals since I was young. With a job in cybersecurity, I would be stopping cyber-terrorism, preventing hacking, and making the internet a better place. For a while I was unsure if my combination of major and minor was the correct one the pursue for cybersecurity, but after attending the Major Exploration Series for Engineering and speaking with the director of the Computer Science program I confirmed that I was on the right path and this major could be right for me. This MES session was definitely a useful resource because I learned a lot about the program and all of my questions were answered. I gained a lot of confidence and did not feel as uncertain about my future because one of my biggest fears was going through 4 years of college and graduating with a degree that does not allow me to do what I want. I feel much more sure of myself now and speaking to various people in the College of Engineering was extremely helpful. The other most useful experience that confirmed my interest in the field was the Career Informational Interview. In my opinion, this was the most useful assignment we did because it gave the best insight from someone who is directly in the field we desire to go in to. I interviewed the director or product management as Computer Services Incorporated, and through this interview I got a direct look behind the scenes of a career that heavily involves computer science and saw what they do and how they work on a day to day basis. Because of this, I was able to envision myself in this position in the future and see if it seemed realistic, and to me it definitely did. I could easily picture myself in this field and it seems like something that would be entertaining to me and I could actually enjoy doing which is very important to me. Overall, the interview experience was a great one and as I walked out of it I knew for sure that this was a realistic field for me to work in. I was very unsure of myself and hesitant about picking a major as I came into college, but due to useful resources and assignments like the Major Explorations Series and Career Informational Interview, I have much more confidence and feel ready to choose a major.
Throughout USC101 and 102, we have done various assignments and activities that helped us better understand out personality and what interests us. One of the best ways, in my opinion, that we assessed our own personalities was through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The MBTI proved to be useful because it was very in-depth and allowed me to see what kind of careers would be line up with my personality.
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