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Going West and Finding My Path

by Chris Hunnicutt

The University of West Georgia Newnan location has proven to be a natural fit for me and what I wanted out of my college experience. It was important that I be able to continue to live at home and attend classes close by. My plans were to gain part time employment and to enroll as a full time student. UWG Newnan met all the requirements. I did not necessarily have a particular degree in mind when I began college; but, as many do, I began with the basic core classes and established myself as a serious college student.

Going West and Finding My Path During my first semester in Newnan, I became aware of a job opportunity working in the Newnan Student Information Technology Services office. The SITS program provides UWG students free service and assistance in locating solutions to problems they are having with their personal computers. Understanding the basic functions of computers and rebuilding computers was something I had been doing all throughout high school. I applied and received the job and have been happily employed for more than two years now.

The experience of working in the SITS office and the mentoring I received from staff at UWG Newnan and the Richards College of Business advisors helped me to decide on the major of Business Administration for Management Information Systems. Upon obtaining this degree, I plan on venturing forth and pursuing a stable and financially rewarding career, perhaps with a Fortune 500 company. According to Forbes Magazine, one of the top 15 most valuable college majors is management information systems.

My plans include focusing on acquiring a managerial position first, and then ascending the ranks to eventually a top leadership position. I will strive to provide guidance and direction to those I will be leading and to serve as a mentor for those choosing a similar path. Customer service is one of the most valuable tools I have learned during my employment at UWG Newnan. I plan on taking this information and perfecting it in my career for years to come.

Life-long learning is a phrase I hear often within my current office setting. As technology changes, evolves, and advances, I understand I will be required to do the same. I will continuously seek knowledge to keep my skills on the cutting edge and to thoroughly enjoy my chosen profession. Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I’m counting on that!

Chris Hunnicutt is a junior at UWG.

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