Jessica Babi

Jessica Babi is a junior from Smithtown, NY and pursuing a double major in Communication and Studio Art with a concentration in Advertising and a minor in Graphic Design.

How did you decide on your major?
I changed my major four times after coming here undeclared. I became interested in criminal justice after taking a law class and decided to add a psychology double major because the career options interested me. I then dropped both of those majors and thought about doing fashion merchandising, and declared a studio art minor. I then decided to go into communications instead because I thought I could utilize my artistic ability in advertising. Finally, this year I decided to double major in communication with a focus on advertising and studio art because I wanted to explore my artistic abilities but also wanted to eventually work in the business world. 

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since coming to Marist?
After having a couple different fallouts with friends I learned that best friends are hard to come by and trust needs to be earned. While I am not closed off to making friends, I have learned the importance of being selective about the people I spend my time with.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?
Choose your major very carefully.It is 100% okay to change your major a million times; you want to end up doing something that you enjoy. Also, it is important to find a faculty member you feel can help you in the future. This is one of the best resources Marist has to offer. Forming a relationship with someone in your field is extremely important to being successful after you graduate. 

Written by Erin O'Brien '18

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Profile Type: Class of 2018
Major: Studio Art
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: New York