Getting the most

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, in response to “What got you interested in technology?”

“I went to Stanford and started my pre-med classes. After my freshman year, I went back to Wausau [her hometown in Wisconsin], and I realized that I was learning all the same things that all my friends who went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison were learning. We were all memorizing the same flashcards and had the same carbon atoms and molecules. I’m doing something much more expensive, so how can I really get the most out of Stanford?”

She found her answer by diving back into the course catalog and finding her new major—symbolic systems—which “combines philosophy, psychology, linguistics, and computer science.”

Wherever you go to college, the path to success will be asking—and answering—the question, “How do I get the most out of it?”