A chance to ask questions of those who have already walked the path.
Major decision requires Major Fest
Brad Boockmeier ’16 is sure he is an education major. Well, pretty sure. Although he is confident about his passion for teaching, he admits that he still wants to learn about the process of going through the education program and what it takes to get a job in the field.
That is where Major Fest comes into play.
The Sept. 25 event gave first-years and others who have yet to declare their majors the opportunity to visit booths representing each major and to pose questions about the various fields of study. At each station, a faculty member, current student and alum were available with plentiful information about the intricacies of pursuing a certain discipline, and the real-life possibilities of drawing on that particular major in the workplace.
Theresa Refsguard (Career Services) notes that it was important to include the three different perspectives at each booth. “An alum has been there and done that and has a unique perspective because they can say how they used that major to get their job,” Refsguard said. “Current students who are working towards a certain major can give information about that major and professors provide answers to course questions.”
This year, Major Fest hosted more than 600 students within a span of 90 minutes.
“I think it’s great for first-year students to be able to communicate and talk with students of that same major, to get an idea of what that major is like at SNC,” Boockmeier said as he waited to get his questions answered at the education booth.
After perusing the various majors, students could make one last stop at a station where, if they felt ready to do so, they could declare their major electronically right then and there.
Emily Disselhorst ’13 is set to graduate in the spring, but she is still mindful of the significance and trials of carefully selecting a major. As one of the First Year Experience mentors who took her group along to the event, she says, “I think the Major Fest is very beneficial for first-year students because it gives them the opportunity to explore different options. Even for students who are set on their major, they have an opportunity to ask questions and learn.”