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Penn State DUS Navigator 101 sailing ship

Lesson 13: Where am I going now?

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port ... we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

We hope that DUS Navigator 101 has helped you consider the wide range of Penn State educational programs available, that you've identified those that relate to your personal characteristics, and that you've successfully navigated your first year at Penn State.

Educational planning—defining the personal meaning of your college education, selecting a major and possibly a minor, as well as exploring additional educational opportunities—is an ongoing process. Planning takes place over time, involves reexamination, and frequently includes refinement or change. We hope that you will continue to use the skills that you learned from DUS Navigator 101 to help you evaluate and refine your educational plans and make informed decisions.

Transferring Out of DUS

A goal of DUS Navigator 101 is to guide you in developing sound educational plans. If you are reasonably sure of your choice of college or major, you should transfer to that college or major as soon as possible so that you can take advantage of that college's opportunities.

DUS students at the University Park campus

Refer to Entrance-to-College/Major Requirements to verify that you qualify to transfer to the college/major you want. If you do qualify, refer to Entrance-to-College/Major Procedures for information on how to process the change.

DUS students at the Commonwealth Campuses

Contact your adviser or the College Contact and Referral Representative at your campus for the college you want to transfer to.

Refining Your Choice of Major/Career

During the summer, use community resources to obtain additional information about educational and career opportunities. Talk to people in various occupations, especially in jobs that are related to the ones you're considering. Here are some questions that you might ask them:
  • What did you major in?
  • How did you choose your major?
  • How does your major relate to your career?
  • What does a typical day look like in your current job?
  • If you had it to do over again:
    • Would you choose the same major?
    • What other educational opportunities would you take advantage of?
    • Is there anything else you would do differently?

The Academic Review

If you remain in DUS through the summer, your Academic Review will be e-mailed to you in August. The Academic Review will provide you with your adviser's (1) evaluation of your academic progress through spring semester/summer session and (2) recommendations for the start of the fall semester.


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