There’s a running joke at Nyack that Business majors are Business majors for the money. I don’t know if it’s the same way at other schools, but when you ask a business major why they chose that field of study, I’ve found that it’s not uncommon for that person to run their thumb and fingers together and jokingly reply, “for the money”.
When you get beneath the surface of these students, however, you usually find a different answer. Personally, I am a Business Marketing student with a double minor in Bible and Youth and Family Studies. When I first decided to be a business major, I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go in. But soon enough, my time at Nyack College influenced me in such a way that I didn’t want to do marketing for something that didn’t matter. With my degree, I hope to work in the Marketing Department of a non-profit organization that helps troubled teens. In talking with a fellow business major, Gio Sanchez, I realized that I’m not this only one with this mind set. When I asked Gio what he was looking to do with his business degree, he replied, “I want to be a director of a kids camp in which the finance can be worked in such a way that even the poorest of inter-city kids go go for at least a week in the summer”.
Not all Business majors go in this direction, however. Many, including Honors Student Emily Wellman, shoot for the big business stars and succeed. Emily has worked in several internship positions including a Gucci Group Bottega Venetta Finance internship where she worked in forecasting and reporting annual budgets. She has also found work in personal finance consulting, and in the pharmaceutical recruiting business as an associate. Within five years of her graduation, Emily hopes to have a CPA certification, and work for Deloitte (Big Four Company); and within ten years, she hopes to do International Business work in Brazil.
Emily, Gio, and I are perfect examples of the far reaching Business program here at Nyack College. Business can take students in so many directions, and the administration here at Nyack encourages students to take hold of that and dream big. I get really excited when I think about my future beyond Nyack. I’m thankful to be educated both in how to be successful in the business world while still reaching out to people for Christ. I can’t wait to use my skills in the marketing field to further the purpose of an organization whose mission I really believe in. And that’s how it is in the Business Department here at Nyack College; we’re not just in it for the money, we’re in it because we want to work for a cause we believe in whether it be troubled teens, kids from low-income families, or International Business in South America.