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Photo by Mary O’KEEFE Garineh Demirdjian encourages students and parents to have an open mind when choosing a college major.

Photo by Mary O’KEEFE
Garineh Demirdjian encourages students and parents to have an open mind when choosing a college major.

By Mary O’KEEFE

The Armenian National Committee of America Crescenta Valley hosted an educational workshop on Saturday that helped students and their parents prepare for college.

“So, what do you think Ashton Kutcher went to college for?” asked Garineh Demirdjian, counselor from UCLA. “Biochemical engineering.”

She continued saying that actress Eva Longoria went to school for kinesiology, rapper Lil Wayne went to school for psychology and the field of study for 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was philosophy and medieval history, Demirdjian said.

Her point for those going to college was not to box themselves into a career and to tell them that there is a world of possibilities open for all students.

“Part of your four years is to get to know yourself, to ask, ‘What do I want to study?’” she added.

She emphasized that having a goal is important as well.

“It is great to have an ultimate goal. I encourage that, but you do have options,” she said. “Your major is just your starting point.”

The event was hosted by ANCA as a way for students to be proactive when planning college.

“[Demirdjian’s] goal is to help with career planning,” said Patil Derderian, director of ANCA, and a student at Loyola Law School.

Derderian said her organization is reaching out to students to help them prepare for a career, as well as a college education.

“We help students navigate through college,” she said, “help students thrive.”

“You have to love what you do,” Demirdjian said.

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