Why I Chose Information Systems as a Major

Coming to Tuskegee was always a dream of mine. As a senior in high school, I was unsure of what I wanted to major in so I chose biology. I chose biology with the intent to be an athletic trainer. But once I came to Tuskegee that vision was short lived when I realized that I did not like science. When I came to this realization I decided that it was time for a change. I did some extensive research and the major that stood out to me was computer science. At the time my former roomate was a computer science major and would always come into the room excited about the various projects should would have, while I was stuck memorizing parts of cells. I would always ask her to explain the projects and this sparked my interest in computer science. So that next day, I went to the computer science department head and express my interest. He told me that there were different concentrations in computer science, general, IT, and IS. General is more for those that want to go into software engineering and hardware. IT is for those that want to go into cyber security and software. And IS is for those that want to go more into the business side of computer science, such as project management and data analytics. With all of these options, I decided to choose Information Systems. After switching my major, I landed an internship with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). That summer I worked in their Enterprise Operations sector within the IT department. In this department, I learned a lot about the IRS servers and gained meaningful work experience. I can honestly say that Information Systems is a very rewarding major, seeing as though technology is all around us. 

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