The Majors Fair: Discovering a passion a little after day one

Featured photo: Originally featured on York College’s Flickr

by Lucas Dimini

By what time did you know what major you wanted to pursue at York?

If you’re lucky, you knew what you wanted to study before you applied, but not everyone has had that luxury. A lot of students come in undeclared.

Luckily, York provides its students with a multitude of resources that assist with getting them on the right path.

On Nov. 12, the major fair took place in the M&T Field House. The Majors Fair is an annual event hosted by the Career Development Center in which undeclared students can learn about a potential major from both professors and students in that major.

The event is informal; snacks are provided as students walk around and approach different tables, learning about a few of the more than 50 areas of study at York and collecting recruitment papers in the process.

“We typically get only about eight students every year at our table. However, we have had a lot of success with reeling that small group of students in to the department,” said Professor Mott, who represented the mass communication major.

Students ask a lot of different questions throughout the two hour event. They want to know the skills they’ll need to have for success in a particular major, what kind of classes they’ll take. The students realize that choosing a major is an important decision.

Another service provided to undeclared students at York is a peer advising program. Peer advisors are upperclassmen students trained to academically assist undeclared students. Their work revolves around making sure their advisees find the right major, so the fair is an important event for them as well.

“As much as I love working with my advisees, my goal is to work with them for as short as possible. I want them to find the right major as soon as possible and to get a head start on working towards their career,” said peer advisor Carissa McQuade. McQuade herself came to York undeclared and is now passionate about public relations, a passion that the 2013 majors fair helped her discover.

Hopefully, a lot of majors were declared in the days following this year’s fair. But students at York are technically not required to declare a major until the second semester of their sophomore year. So maybe a few need more time.

It’s frightening to think that roughly between the ages of 18 and 22, you have to know what career path you want to pursue for the rest of your life. It could take some students years to figure that out.

The major fair, along with all the other services offered by Career Development, are designed to make the decision easier, no matter how long it takes.

Luckily, York is a school that is distinguished for never giving up on its students.

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