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Justina Andonian

Justina Andonian

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Fall River, MA

"I’ve been working at the Center for Marketing Research since my sophomore year here . . . It’s been a big eye-opener for me as to what I may experience if I go into a market research position after graduation."
 
Talk about your early years at UMass Dartmouth. Was it welcoming?

Yes, very welcoming. Going into college, I thought, "It’s going to be a crazy workload."

 

But all my professors were always so open. If you needed extra help, they had their office hours. And they accommodate you if you can’t make it to their office hours, because of a conflict with another class. I found that the professors are always willing to be flexible with their schedules to accommodate their students.

 

It was a big help. And when I needed a little bit of help in one of my math classes, I went to the math and business center at school—it was great! I passed that math class with an A.

When did you decide you wanted to go into marketing?

During vocational school, I studied mechanical engineering. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t know if I wanted to do something else when I went to college. I thought I'd like to explore something else, from a business standpoint. I love drawing and advertising, so I felt as if marketing would be a more artistic way to interact with people.

Have you had opportunities to explore your field beyond the classroom?

I’ve been working at the Center for Marketing Research since my sophomore year here. We work directly with clients trying to figure out exactly what kind of research and answers they need. It’s been a big eye-opener for me as to what I may experience if I go into a market research position after graduation.

What has your school life been like as a commuter?

Even though I’m not living on campus, I enjoy spending time on campus with friends, going to campus activities with them—movie nights, events in the main auditorium.

 

That’s one of the great things that our campus has: clubs and activities that bring people together. It’s never dull here!

 

I also take advantage of activities like kickboxing and other classes at the gym. Even though I don’t live on campus, I still go every Tuesday and Thursday with my girlfriends to kickboxing when it's on the schedule. It’s another way for me to be part of life on campus.

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