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what would be the best major/ extracurricular classes to be in to peruse business

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Jeff’s Answer

People approach business from many angles, and I believe that those who have a multi-disciplinary background often have an edge in business. For example, I have a film degree along with a computer science degree. While there are many kinds of businesses you could start, the Internet provides immense, and historically unparalleled opportunities to build fast growing, global businesses with relative ease. Understanding technology is useful for many career paths, and especially useful for building a business that leverages technology, so I'd recommend building a technical background. While a CS degree certainly isn't necessary to start a business, or even be a developer, it's a good place to explore.



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Sara’s Answer

To guide your business studies and internship search, I would recommend reflecting and thinking about what specifically you are excited about in business. Try to layer into your thinking, what am I good at? What am I passionate about? I have found this reflection process to be really important, to keep as your "north star". Will this major or internship get me a step closer to reaching my goal/ north star? Even if the north star isn't totally self evident at this stage (and by the way it's not a bad thing if it isn't!), think about what you want to accomplish, what you want to learn in the next year or two.

In general, I've found taking a broader lens to studies means that your skills and knowledge is applicable to more industries / places in case your north star / goals change or evolve. Business administration, economics, finance, even political science are all very broad, but applicable majors to pretty much any business field.

In terms of extracurriculars, I would recommend getting involved in any business club that is available to gain exposure to hot topics, learn from different speakers, etc.
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Sydney’s Answer

Hi Daniel,

The best activities would be ones that make you well rounded. It never hurts to be a member of the College of Business Fraternity, because there you are exposed to networking opportunities and representatives from companies. Volunteering opportunities are always helpful because many firms, like my firm PwC, have a part of our framework called "Responsible Business Leadership", where we do community outreach and give back to the area where we live.

Best of luck and hope this helps!

Sydney recommends the following next steps:

See if your college has a business fraternity or an honor society to join!
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