As a Delaware in D.C. program participant, Maddie spent the fall 2018 semester in Washington, D.C. attending classes at American University and completing an internship with a small company, Bold in Business.
Being undeclared when you enter college has its advantages because you are able to explore other majors and see what you would like. Especially if you are leaning towards one major, but have something you genuinely enjoy you could decide to minor in that after taking a class that you were excited about. Overall, just having the opportunity to explore other majors and take classes on a variety of things shows you early on what you do and do not like instead of finding out later on down the road. With this it gives you time to decide what you want to do with your life, but some people are lucky enough and go in knowing exactly what they want, not us University studies students though!
An academic area of interest that I have chosen is the business field and am leaning towards international business. This field interests me because growing up I always loved to help others and the business world helps you do that on a larger scale. With the area of interest that I have I could take my hobby for helping others internationally and that really excites me. Above all, I love to travel and if I could do that for work and meet people from all over that would be a dream of mine.
Participating in the Delaware in D.C. program this past semester definitely had its ups and downs, but above all I got to explore my favorite city! As for how it was beneficial, I had an internship first semester of college, not a lot of college kids are able to say that. Also, my internship was with an entrepreneur who developed the business, Bold in Business that was based on empowering women in the business world. Although, it was mostly marketing work that I was doing I was able to realize early on that was not what I was looking to do, but luckily like I said I was able to find this out early on and rule it out!
The most difficult thing about transitioning from high school to college is definitely that you no longer have someone holding your hand as you go along, because it is time to be on your own. At first this may seem overwhelming and scary and trust me, it is, but just like everything else in life you will quickly learn to adjust. You also will begin to meet people right off the bat whether it be your roommate, at orientation, in class, or clubs and they are all in the same position as you or will help guide you. So, although in the beginning it may seem like you are entirely on your own, it is important to remember that every freshman no matter what school is going through the same thing.