At the start of my freshman year, I was torn between psychology and biology. These had been my two favorite classes in high school, and I just did not know which to choose, or if I wanted to pursue a different program of study altogether. For this reason, I elected to begin my college career as undeclared.
During summer orientation, I met with my undeclared adviser to select classes for the upcoming semester. Because I was undeclared, I also had the option of taking an Undeclared Survey which assessed my areas of interest. After taking the survey and speaking with my adviser, I enrolled in Psychology of Adolescence and General Biology. Though I enjoyed both classes and found the material interesting, I knew that I was planning on a career in nursing and felt that Biology would make more sense. I also attended the Major/Minor Fair that is held each semester. At the Major/Minor Fair, a representative from each academic department is available to talk to you about that particular program and the requirements for earning a degree in that area. I spoke with Dr. Crafts of the Biology Department, who is also the head of the Pre-Health Studies program and decided to study biology.
And once I had my mind made up, declaring my major was incredibly easy – all I had to do was get Dr. Toth, the head of the Biology Department, to sign off on the form and by the very next day, my paperwork had been processed and I was a biology major! And, to celebrate, my friend and I baked Punnett Square cupcakes. Nerdy, I know, but delicious nevertheless.
Now, if you are familiar with my blog, you know that I am no longer a Biology major – last year I switched to Health Policy and Management after realizing HPM was more interesting to me. However, I was very grateful for all of the resources PC made available to me from the moment I set foot on campus to help me figure out which program of study was best for me.