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“Meet Your Major” fair will allow students to explore, find their majors

The Center for Exploratory Students will host its annual “Meet Your Major” fair on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the SUMC’s Grand Ballroom.

The fair will have advisers from 80 different areas of study, running tables with information and presentations about a variety of majors.

Sara Yerger, an academic adviser with the Colleges of Letters, Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center, said that the advisers for each major will be there, acting as knowledgeable representatives of their field, to provide information to undecided students or students looking to change majors. Yerger estimates that there are approximately 3,000 currently undecided students on campus.

However, the event is not designed only for undecided students. It will also be a “one-stop shop” for students to investigate the majors available on campus, potentially discovering a new field that they care about or just confirming that they’re satisfied with their currently declared major.

“I like calling it ‘major exploration and confirmation,’” said Leticia Soto-Delgadillo, the advising center’s director. “If, as a new student, you came in and said, ‘I want to be physiology,’ but you haven’t sat down to talk to [the adviser] after orientation. Maybe you should go and talk with them and get some more information to make sure that’s really what you want.”

This year, a greater effort was made to gather volunteers to assist at the event by checking students in, handing out surveys and making the event more personal, said Angie Register-Matthias, the advising center’s administrative associate. The volunteers will be there to help students who need help finding information or navigating the event.

Additionally, this year will be the first year that the event includes what Yerger calls a “major exploration station.” Yerger says that this table will help students find a good place to start at the event, or to track down a specific major.

The event’s target audience is current UA students, but will be open to everyone, specifically high school students and students at Pima Community College.

Approximately 1,000 students are expected to attend, Register-Matthias added.

Students are advised to bring their Cat Card and something to write with.

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