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Meet the Major: Exploratory Track for Isenberg

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Jillian Dimmock is a rising sophomore here at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She comes from a family of UMass Amherst grads, as her older sister and dad both graduated from the school. Jillian says every time she visited her sister here at UMass Amherst she found herself falling more in love with the school. Jillian loved the idea of attending a large school like UMass Amherst, as this would provide her with opportunities to explore lots of different majors, meet a wide range of people, and give her access to a large alumni network.

She saw UMass Amherst as the perfect fit for herself, as someone who didn’t have a clue for what they wanted to do coming in. Invited to join the exploratory track in business, she was interested to explore her options within the business school, and see if she felt Isenberg was the right fit for her. Within the exploratory track, Jillian says her two exploratory track advisors have been very helpful throughout the whole process, setting up panels of the different majors in Isenberg and talking to them about how they can officially be accepted into the school at the end of their first semester. She is now leaning towards declaring her major in marketing, and hopes to land a career in the marketing field after graduation. 

Jillian says she’s been really happy with her classes so far, and during her freshman year she worked on taking prerequisite classes for higherlevel Isenberg courses. While she had some initial difficulty in her Introduction to Microeconomics class, she says her TA was super helpful and really cared about helping students succeed — something which enabled her to do well in the class. She also took two general education classes, which she found to be really fun and different. She says the wide variety of classes has opened her eyes to different subjects  even encouraging her to pursue a minor in psychology. 

Outside of classes, Jillian is a tour guide on campus. She loves being able to give tours, as no tour is ever the same and she hopes to inspire other students to come to UMass Amherst. Next year Jillian will be a resident assistant (RA) on campus. As an RA, Jillian will enjoy the perks of having a double dorm room to herself, and serve as a role model for her residential hall. She is also part of the Isenberg Women in Business club on campus, focused on empowering women in the business field, and the Marketing Club, which provides members with hands on marketing experience. She also tries to stay active on campus, forming intramural sports teams with her friends. Sometimes she takes time for herself, organizing and redecorating her dorm room or preparing herself for the academic week. 


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