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Student Spotlight: Sierra Little

Sierra Little
Sierra Little

I am a junior majoring in marketing and management at the Perdue School of Business. I am from Anne Arundel County, MD, just across the Bay Bridge. I decided to attend Salisbury University because it was far enough away from home, which allowed me to be independent, but close enough to allow me to go home on holidays and weekends to visit family and friends. My true passion lies in helping others. Upon graduating, I hope to secure a job working for a nonprofit or a company with an inspiring mission that will allow me to promote change in the world.

When I first started college, I was not sure what I wanted to major in. There were some people in my life who always knew exactly what they wanted to do when they grew up. My brother was always naturally good at art and he knew practically his whole life he wanted to go to school for graphic design. My sister is the funniest person that I know and she has such a big personality, so when she decided to go to acting school my family and I were not surprised. I always wished that I could be like my siblings who felt as though they were destined for the path they were on and knew without a shadow of a doubt what they wanted to do in life. While there were things I liked to do, there was never anything that I was extremely passionate about that I felt I could do for the rest of my life. After switching my major a couple of times, I finally decided to choose marketing because I knew I could do a lot of different things with a degree in business.

Even after finally choosing business as my major, I wasn’t exactly confident or excited in my choice. It wasn’t until I joined Salisbury University’s Marketing Excellence Club that I finally started to realize how amazing the marketing field actually was. I joined the club during my first semester at Salisbury University to meet new people and to learn more about my major. Through the club, I competed in the Direct Marketing Association of Washington’s marketing case competition. Our team created a multichannel marketing campaign for the Environmental Defense Fund. We won first place in the competition against the University of Maryland College Park and the Johns Hopkins graduate team. This competition made me realize how much I truly enjoyed marketing. Even though I was still a freshman and had not taken any marketing classes yet, I was able to learn more about my major and the different career opportunities within the marketing field. Joining the Marketing Excellence Club was one of the best decisions of my college life. It has opened so many doors for me and continues to show me why marketing is the best major for me.

For anyone who is unsure about what they want to do in life, I want you to know that it is okay! Just because the guy sitting next to you in your biology class knew that he wanted to be a brain surgeon since he was five years old doesn’t mean that you must have your entire life planned out too. College is about discovering who you are and who you want to be, and it is perfectly fine if you do not have everything figured out yet. My advice to anyone who is unsure about what they want to do in life is to get involved. Join clubs on campus, join Greek life, go to the job fair, participate in professional development events and apply for internships as soon as you can. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Trust me, you will have your big moment just like I did, where you know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

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