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As an undergrad, I had switched my major twice. I entered RIT as a Software Engineering Major, and quickly found that an engineer I was not. I excelled at the interpersonal side of computing and development, so I switched into the more business oriented Management Information Systems major. After completing all of my prerequisites, I had come to learn there was a limited number of tracks I could concentrate in, and each of them required me to specialize in a proprietary software toolkit. I felt as though concentrating in a software system, one that would inevitably become obsolete, was a poor choice for my future. I was at a loss.
After doing some research about different programs available at RIT, I found the Organizational Change and Leadership Certificate. I found CMS through this certificate program, and sat down with advisor Abby Berner to discuss my options. After speaking with her I found out that all the time I had put into business school would not be wasted if I switched majors, and that I could not only concentrate in business, but I could obtain an Associates Degree, while obtaining my bachelors, and get the certificate I was interested in! I was able to add political science, and writing studies to my concentrations, do an internship in Albany as a registered lobbyist, and get course credit. By the time I was done with my undergrad I had accumulated 2 years of work experience and 3 degrees.
I started working directly in my field because of the unique mix of courses I was able to put together in CMS. At the completion of an internship I co-founded my first company with another RIT Alumni, and a staffer from the firm I had been working with. That position allowed me to travel to conferences all over the country, and eventually back to RIT.
I recently began studies for my Master's Degree in Professional Studies through CMS. This degree will improve my professional skills as an advocate of my Lab's work, while providing me with both the media and political theory needed to engage in meaningful collaborations in the private and public sector. At the completion of my degree, I will be eligible to officially teach in a university setting, where I can continue to push the state of the art of not only Free/Open Source technologies, but also the academic disciplines that are rapidly developing around this exciting new industry. All because I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and there was an academic program that allowed me to build out the best degree to do it.
By the time I was done with my undergrad I had accumulated 2 years of work experience and 3 degrees.