I am pleased to contribute to the following article for college students.
Wed Aug 8, 2012 7:59pm IST
By Lauren Young NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - More than 3 million students will start college this fall. What sage advice would you offer someone stepping onto campus for the first time? Here are recommendations from some former freshmen with valuable experiences to share. Mary Schapiro, commissioner of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. Age: 57 1977 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College My daughter is about to start college. I'm encouraging her to take lots of history, anthropology - which is what I majored in - and economics. These are all great foundational disciplines for almost anything you want to do. History, because it truly does repeat itself, and there's so much to learn from how leaders have responded to crises throughout history. Anthropology because it helps you understand what motivates people, how they make decisions, and what they value. And economics because it's just critical to policymaking and decision making, at the government level as well as at the individual level. Liz Lange, fashion designer Age: 44 1990 graduate of Brown University Realize what a gift college is. You are still so young. Don't rush it by thinking you need to have everything all figured out. You have years for that. Take this time to take the courses that really interest you, to learn as much as you can. You may never again in your life have a four-year period when all that is asked of you is to learn. Get an on-campus job or even start a business while in college. College is a great time to pursue entrepreneurial activities, if the spirit moves you.