Sophomores, the time has almost come for you to select a major. Nervous? Don't be! Come to this event to ease your anxiety and learn tips and strategies for how to actively work on exploring your major options. We will discuss advice we received from career counselors, college advisors and peer advisors on how to choose your major. Next, a panel of professionals will talk about how their major choice has or has not influenced their careers, the point being your major can align with your career but it does not have too. Finally, we will give you a few prep tips and questions to ask faculty and staff during the Majors Fair directly following the workshop.
*This event is co-sponsored by the Sophomore Year Experience and the Academic Advising Center.
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About the panelists-
Lexie Brown: Lexie is the Strategic Resources Coordinator at McKinney. This is a hybrid role where she splits her time between Strategy & Talent Management – working on different things from conducting consumer brand research to managing the internship program. She’s passionate about empathy and understanding others’ motivations, which has guided her non-traditional career path since graduating from Fuqua in 2014. Outside of her work she loves to re-watch old episodes of The Office, enjoy a nice glass of wine, and hang out with her small dog named Sasquatch.
Breklyn Smith: After graduating from Duke in 2003 with a Computer Science degree, Brek landed a job typical of most graduates of her program – as a software programmer. A year or so into this role, she realized that for her team to be successful they needed a project manager, so she assumed those responsibilities, too. It didn’t take long for her to realize that getting everyone on the same page and making progress toward a common goal was what she was really passionate about. It was then, she moved into the project management world full time, and she never looked back. Brek has worked as a project manager for a tech startup, Duke Health System, and is now at SAS where she manages software projects as well a team of project managers. Even though her job role is different than she anticipated when she graduated, her education and early career experience guide her and inform her work as a project manager every day.
Jesse Huddleston: Jesse finished his undergraduate studies in Sociology, Psychology, and Human Development at Duke in 2010. After graduating, Jesse worked with the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, coordinating community engagement efforts for the university and 12 partner communities in Durham. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, developing his capacity to build relationships in community and enhancing his efforts for adult education and social equity. Currently, Jesse works full-time in business development at Windsor Circle, a venture-backed marketing tech start-up in downtown Durham. He also works part-time as the Worship Director for his church, CityWell. He's also remained deeply engaged in community efforts, organizing against racism and supporting healthy participation in local politics.
Sarah Krueger: Sarah is a TV news reporter for WRAL, the NBC affiliate in the Raleigh-Durham area. She provides live coverage on the news of the day, focusing on Durham and Chapel Hill. Sarah graduated cum laude from Duke in 2012, with a double major in International Comparative Studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies, and a certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies. After graduating, she started her career as an on-air reporter for cable station News 12 in New York City. She then worked for FOX8 WGHP in Greensboro, where her shooting, editing, and reporting earned her the title of Multimedia Journalist of the Year in the Carolinas.