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Annual fair aims to help students find major, minor


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Students will have the chance to talk to advisers from various UA colleges at the Meet Your Major fair on Wednesday.

Sponsored by the College of Letters Arts and Science, the annual Meet Your Major fair, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center, hosts representatives from different college majors to provide students who are looking to explore various majors an opportunity to do so. The fair also assists students who have already declared a major in finding a minor.

Sara Yerger, a senior academic adviser for the College of Education, said a student would normally have to go to each adviser or website for the department they are interested in to learn about the majors that are offered.

“It’s a really excellent opportunity for students to have a one-stop-shop experience with finding and learning about different majors on campus,” Yerger said.

Students can prepare for the fair by coming up with questions they would like to ask the adviser, and by having an idea of what their interests are, said Debbie Marlow, a senior academic adviser for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Being open to new interests is important as well, Marlow added.

If students want to further explore a major’s opportunities, they can ask advisers if there are any introductory courses provided from the college to see if they would like to join the major, Marlow said.

Cynthia Koiki, a media arts senior, said students who are unsure of their major should try taking different courses before deciding.

“Test a couple things out under gen eds,” Koiki said. “You’ll learn to find you like some stuff.”

Student ambassadors from various colleges will also be available at the fair to provide a student perspective and personal approach to the major.

“Our ambassadors are there the entire time so that students can actually meet real students that are in the major and find out their perspective about what they’ve done and what they want to do,” said Jessica Kiesling, an academic adviser for students in the family studies and human development pre-major.

Marlow recommends students ask specific questions about technical aspects of the major, such as requirements and job opportunities, as well as ensure that the major is one they’ll enjoy.

“I think the most important question to ask there is ‘What’s fun about this major?’,” Marlow said.

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