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The Perks of Being Undeclared

MST 2.jpgSimmons College is a great place to explore new interests. I began my first year at Simmons clueless of what to study. With so many majors and minors to choose from, there were days I felt like studying mathematics, and other days political science seemed intriguing. I occasionally felt nervous about being undeclared, especially under the pressure of classmates who found their passions years before coming to college.

I soon learned that I had plenty of time to decide, and that Simmons is a great place to be for a student who is still seeking a major. At summer orientation I met my adviser, a professor from the mathematics department. Your advisor is there to help you find a track, and stay on that track to graduate. She helped me to select my courses for the semester, most of which fulfilled the required Modes of Inquiry. Like general education courses, taking one course in each mode challenges students to think outside their major, provides a broad educational background, and helps undeclared students to explore subjects.

My first semester included a Shakespeare and personal finance course, which fulfilled two modes: 'language, literature, and culture,' and 'quantitative analysis and reasoning.' I learned that mathematics isn't my strong point. In the spring I attended one political science class, and realized that wasn't for me either. But I loved my Women in Literature course, and it helped me to decide to double major in Women's and Gender Studies and English Literature. I really appreciated the help of my initial advisor, but once I selected my majors, I switched to an advisor in those departments.

There are helpful opportunities for students who are undeclared at Simmons. Every year, the academic departments hold a Major Shopping Trip for students to learn about the various courses, careers, and networks related to each major. (This year's Major Shopping Trip is Wednesday, October 17th from 3:30-5:00pm in the Fens Cafeteria.) When I attended a career event, I learned about the educational background that is required for my career path. If you are thinking seriously about your career path, I recommend utilizing the Career Education Center, which has resources for relating a Simmons education to a career.

Mostly importantly, don't stress about being undeclared. Rather, use your time and Simmons network wisely to find and follow your passions.

By Laini Cassis on October 15, 2012 11:00 AM
Category: Students Bloggers