Dominican University majors

Double major does double time in Dominican journeyAfter entering Dominican as a first generation college student with an undeclared major, Meghan will graduate in May as a confident and effervescent honors double major in Business and Political Science, who presented at national conferences, studied abroad and represented Dominican in internships and international travel that allowed her to visit seven foreign countries in four months.

Meghan has made the most of her time, opportunities, and heavy academic load and she thanks Dominican for that.

“Dominican professors led me to jobs, scholarships, helped me on my thesis and went above and beyond their duties as teachers, ” says Meghan, who also was accepted to attend Santa Clara, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and the University of Washington. “The most rewarding part of my four years at Dominican was how much support I received beginning with financial aid. The study abroad program and its international partnerships covered airfare and provided a living stipend making it affordable and therefore possible for me to go to Austria. Dominican also purchased the political risk dataset needed for my thesis, and funded my travels to participate in the Pi Sigma Alpha conference in Washington D.C. and a trip to L.A. for the Deloitte Tax Competition that I participated in.”

Meghan, who was president of Dominican’s Accounting and Finance Association, also participated in the Service Learning program where she was a student leader at both Marin County Community School and the Education Dedicated to Justice and Equity (EDJE) program.

“I’m a curious person. I always have been, ” Meghan says, “After Dominican’s Vision Quest program taught me that picking a path is about finding a combination of what you like and what you are good at I realized my early financial independence had given me skills that could be transferred into a career. But when I started taking business classes I realized this is only half of the story. I wanted the other half.

“I’m in Political Science for the science part of it, not the politics. I’ve realized my passion is people and understanding the way people work which is essential for any successful business leader. That’s what Political Science gave me: the other half of the story and a way to study human behavior in a globalized world.”

“In essence, Meghan is multifaceted. No matter what she decides to do in life she is going to be successful, ” Gokcek says. “I have pegged her to be a future leader in the private sector. Given her passion for finance I would not be surprised if that is where she builds a career. I would not even be surprised if one day Meghan is among top female leaders in corporate finance.”

Meghan in the meantime has pursued valuable business internships with Avani Media and Marketing in Sausalito and U.S. Capital Partners in San Francisco where, at both firms, she was offered a job and even monetary compensation for her profitable contributions she made there. In 2013, Meghan received a scholarship from the Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF). She was assigned a business mentor and used the $5, 000 scholarship to pursue her study abroad dream.

Meghan was selected to participate in Dominican Semester Abroad and went to Austria to study in the fall of 2014. She was in Austria during the ruble crisis and Russia’s intervention into Ukraine that impacted friends and classmates at the Johannes Kepler Universitat in Linz where she studied.

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