After a couple of weeks at Red door I feel like I am settling into the work and the atmosphere. I feel as though I am already learning a lot and gaining valuable experience outside of schoolwork, but in this blog, I wanted to talk about school, specifically Daemen College which is where I am currently finishing up my undergraduate degree in Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I also wanted to talk about college as a whole and talk about my own experience with it.
At first glance I feel as though people see Daemen College as a small school that doesn’t have much to offer. With the small size of campus people seem to give it a bad reputation, as colleges are often judged based on their student body and campus size. Daemen college may be a small school but it uses that to its advantage. When going to a small school, students can connect more with other students and their professors, as class sizes are significantly smaller. I am currently in a class that has 5 other students in it and we all sit around a meeting table and discuss marketing trends. It’s with these smaller class sizes and connections we can make to our professors that allow us to make the most of our years in college in terms of academics.
I was skeptical at first of going to Daemen for the same reason I’m sure many people fear it. Smaller classes and campus size means you’ll have to talk more in class and be noticed. Why do that when you can go to a bigger school? Looking at Daemen from the outside you see it as a small school that doesn’t have much campus life to it. If you want the typical college experience why would you choose Daemen? Every college has its benefits and different schools fit different people, but I feel as though choosing Daemen allowed me to make more connections with my professors. As I continue my college career, I learn more about just how important connections are, especially in a smaller close-knit area like Buffalo where everyone somehow knows each other. A professor I look up to and who influenced me to focus my Business Administration degree in marketing said it this way; walk into every room as if you’re about to meet your next employer. In Buffalo you never really know who knows each other and having personal connections with people and having your own personal network in Buffalo is the most important thing you can do as a young adult who is about to enter the working world. Going to Daemen allowed me to learn just how important these aspects are and I feel honored to graduate in the may from there.
While in college I learned a lot of information that will hopefully help me in my future. Not only did I learn a lot about my major specifically, but I feel as though I learned a lot about myself and who I am as a person. When I was a senior in High School, college was just an assumed thing all students should and would go on to do. College is described to us by our parents as the next step in your “career”. After going for almost 4 years now I know that college isn’t for everyone and that is completely okay. It’s okay not to know exactly what you want to do with your life after graduating high school because how can anyone just make the decision so simply? Students shouldn’t have to sit in senior year stressing about where they’ll be in the next 4 years and feel like they only have 1 option. I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do and I feel like I’m still not exactly sure but the whole point is to learn about yourself as you go.
Overall, I wanted to write this post to any inspiring students who don’t know what to do next after high school graduation. College can seem like this scary beast that is only there to hurt you when it’s actually a helpful tool for your future if that’s what you think you need. Us it as a time to find out who you are and where you want to be in the future.