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Joshua Rosen, CGS Student

In his job as a Pathfinder for the University of Pittsburgh Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Joshua Rosen answers a lot of questions from prospective Pitt students and their families about how to choose a college major. Joshua brings his own experience to these conversations—when he entered Pitt in the fall of 2018 he was sure about his interests but uncertain how they could coalesce into an academic plan.
He went all the way through his freshman year without a firm decision in mind before a conversation with a friend led him to the College of General Studies.
Says Joshua, “She asked me if I’d heard about the Media and Professional Communications major in CGS, and told me that the degree was great and that there was a real sense of community among the other students.”
After finding out more about the program, Joshua made the decision to transfer into the College. “My advisor Shannon was great. She knew everything about my major but she is also a wonderful person and she made the whole process so easy.”
According to Joshua, the students in MPC feel more like a tight-knit co-hort than just classmates. “Everyone is in the same boat—we all know that we want to work in media or broadcasting and the people are really special. We support each other, we connect each other to resources. I’ve made a lot of close friends.”
Joshua is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2022 with his BA and a concentration in corporate and community relations.
Says Joshua, “The connections I’ve made here—with faculty, other students in the program, members of the clubs and organizations I belong to—are like a strong foundation that’s going to support me throughout my time at Pitt and also far beyond. I know that when I graduate, I’ll be ready for the real world.”