College can seem like a daunting experience; even more so is the thought of switching majors. However, Cody Cousino ‘08 explains how it is not as terrifying as it may seem, and is, in fact, one of the most rewarding changes you can make. Cody found himself facing this “challenge” two years into college. After originally majoring in math and education, he found himself, once exposed to the subject, drawn to journalism. Upon realizing this passion, he changed his major from math and education to a major in communications. In an interview, Cody explains his journey:
Paw Print: What made you want to change your path in college?
Cody Cousino ’08: “My decision to change majors did not come to me in a typical fashion. I originally just wanted to be on the sidelines for an Ohio State football game, and I figured that the best way for me to do that was through photography. I had taken a photography course at OSU and was pretty good at handling a DSLR camera, so I thought I’d give it a shot. After shooting a couple of other events for my school newspaper, The Lantern, they let me on the field to cover a game. That game was the coolest thing I had ever done, and I knew then that I had a new passion and a new career path.”
PP: Why do you think finding/ doing something that you enjoy is important?
CC: “It is particularly important in this day and age to do something that you’ll enjoy. People seem to end up putting in more hours and more of their life into the work that they do, so finding something that is truly enjoyable is worth it.”
PP: How hard is it to switch paths in college?
CC: “The decision to switch paths, two years into my major, was actually relatively easy. I was already winning awards and getting paid for my work, before even graduating, so I knew my new situation was better. There was, however, some more work that I had to do because of it, more classes to take and a delayed graduation. But it has been completely worth it.”
PP: Are you happy with your decision to switch paths and pursue journalism?
CC: “I could not be happier with my choice to switch career paths. Since switching majors I’ve traveled the country, covering events in 11 different states, including trips to Boston, New Orleans, and Florida. I’ve also taken pictures of the President of the United States, won several awards and gotten to personally meet some extraordinary people, including astronaut John Glenn. All of those opportunities, which I am extremely grateful for, arose through my work in journalism.”