Religious Studies major opens door to possibilities after graduation

Paul Jaworski, pictured in front of *Welcome,* a statue by Professor of Art Emeritus Wasyl Palijczuk, is considering a career in international business with his Religious Studies major and Business Administration minor.
April 23, 2013

Paul Jaworski sees nothing but possibility in the degree in Religious Studies with a Business Administration minor he will receive during McDaniel’s May 25 Commencement ceremony.

The senior from Columbia, Md., is considering starting his own business as a personal concierge and also looking at a career in international business or sales. Either way, he’s sure his experience on campus and off will help pave his way.

“You need to understand what people all over the world think – and why people think what they think – to successfully conduct business internationally,” says Jaworski, who also studied the Arabic language for three semesters. “That’s how you conduct business, by appreciating and understanding the differences in people and cultures.

“Religious studies gave me the opportunity to do just that.”

Although he has always enjoyed learning about cultures and beliefs, Jaworski had his eye on an Accounting major in his first year at McDaniel. That’s not surprising since he and his brother, Keith, bought a failing lawn care business with a loan from their parents when Jaworski was only 15.

The brothers bought a big mower and built the business on service and attention to detail. After his brother left for college, Jaworski ran the business alone – and even continued during his first and second years at McDaniel before his classes and soccer claimed too much of his time. They sold the business two years ago.

“That lawn care business helped me put myself through college,” says Jaworski, adding that it also taught him invaluable lessons in business ownership.

It didn’t take Jaworski long on campus to realize that he needed to match his major to his interests. After taking the class “Religion and Critical Thought,” his choice was obvious to him. He wasn’t a Business Administration major with a minor in Religious Studies – he was the opposite.

“I’m always asking new questions and I’m not obsessed with having one answer – a lot of answers are fine with me,” says Jaworski, who collaborated with Religious Studies professor Greg Alles on research with the Islamic Society in Carroll County and went with his church Grace Community  to Uganda to help small businesses there. “Sifting through all the answers spawns all these new ideas for me.”  

These days, as graduation approaches, those ideas involve what direction to head after college.

“Not only did I learn about different cultures and beliefs, I learned how to think – how to think critically and how to think through things,” Jaworski says. “That I know will serve me well if I go for business ownership or finance or sales in international business.”