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Marcus Bragg

Management information systems major from Kansas City, KS

Coming to K-State

When I was deciding on a college, one person who really had a major influence on me was my admissions representative. She came to my high school and showed so much more interest in my classmates and me than any other college that came to speak to us. Now as a junior at K-State, I still notice the very same interest in each individual student that I experienced as a senior in high school is still a strong part of the K-State atmosphere.

Major decisions

I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to major in when I came to K-State so I decided to use the resources that K-State provides its students to help me choose a major that best fit my interests. The Academic and Career Information Center helped me realize that I wanted to be in the information technology field. This major is a great fit for me because it allows me to interact with so many different types of people as well as technology.

Purple pride

One thing that I really value about K-State is that the university is really open to change. K-State is getting ready to celebrate its 150th anniversary, which is so exciting. A lot of times universities or organizations that are older have a hard time being open to change and adapting to new things, but at K-State this is not the case.

We’re lucky to have the perfect blend of longstanding traditions and new advancements. When students or faculty have new ideas, the university welcomes them and works to see our ideas succeed.

For example, President Schulz allowed student leaders to come into his home and have a meeting about ideas and concerns for K-State. It’s refreshing to know that even the uppermost leaders at the university are always looking for ways to make K-State the best it can possibly be.

Getting involved

There are so many opportunities for students to get involved here at K-State. I really encourage everyone to find organizations that interest you whether they pertain to your major, service activities, or are just something totally new and fun.

Two things I have gained from being involved in organizations at K-State are the opportunity to meet new people and personal development. Being involved in a variety of things has really helped me meet people that I probably wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t become a part of the organization. As far as personal development, I have gained so many skills and learned a lot about myself through my involvement, which are things that I can carry on into the next stages of my life.

Internship opportunities

Last summer I had the opportunity to intern at Hallmark Cards in the information technology division. It was really challenging at first, but I eventually got the swing of it and definitely grew a lot in a professional sense. I enjoyed going to work every day, which really helped solidify my choice to major in management information systems. An internship is a great way to make sure you are in the correct major and that you will be able to enjoy going to work from 8 to 5 every day when you graduate.

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