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    Record number of students ‘meet’ a major

    Pre-nursing freshman Chelsea Woodall discusses majors with Albert Muniz, a recruitment and retention adviser for the College of Education, yesterday at the Meet Your Major Fair in the Student Union Memorial Center.
    Pre-nursing freshman Chelsea Woodall discusses majors with Albert Muniz, a recruitment and retention adviser for the College of Education, yesterday at the Meet Your Major Fair in the Student Union Memorial Center.

    A record-breaking number of students attended the Meet Your Major Fair yesterday, talking to advisers from more than 80 different departments on campus to find a major that suited them.

    The 1,310 attendees in the North Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center topped last year’s figure by almost 300 students.

    Josh Schaffer, an undeclared freshman, said he didn’t realize the fair would be as informative as it was.

    “”These people are definitely passionate about what they do,”” Schaffer said.

    After attending the event, Schaffer said he decided he would like to double major in business and linguistics.

    Giving students the opportunity to learn about majors is the whole point of the event, said Angie Register, an administrative associate for the University College.

    Tables ranged from standard cardboard displays to high-tech demonstration from departments, who were excited to meet the students as well.

    The linguistics department brought in a sonogram machine, which gave an ultrasound of students’ tongues while they spoke.

    Bridget Radcliff, a non-degree-seeking graduate student and representative at the English department’s table, said this was her fifth Meet Your Major event.

    “”It is extremely helpful to students because they can get information to explore opportunities they may not have known were possible,”” said Radcliff.

    Ashley Lecocq, an undeclared freshman, said she also found valuable information for her education pathway.

    “”I want to go to medical school,”” said Lecocq. “”I found out today that you can minor in pre-med. I didn’t know that pre-med could be a minor.””

    The event, now in its seventh year, is not limited to UA students.

    Students from local high schools and Pima Community College were also encouraged to come and learn about the many options available to them at the UA.

    Students from Rincon and Amphitheater high schools attended the event and took a campus tour, Register said.

    Students who missed the event will have to wait until next fall for it to come around again, as it is only offered once a year.

    “”We tried it in the spring one year, but it just didn’t do that well,”” said Register.

    Students who are unsure about their major can stop by the University College in the Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center to pick up information on the colleges and departments available at the UA.

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