Posts Tagged ‘major’

Peer Mentors Use Narrative Storytelling as an Advising Tool to Facilitate Major/Career Exploration with First-Year Students

Introduction

In the Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program, an educational opportunity program at The City College of New York, peer mentors work collaboratively with advisers to assist first-year students with major choice and career exploration. Peer mentors are academically successful students trained to work with first-year undergraduates in the first-year seminar. Mentors share their own narratives about choosing a major to model self-reflection, decision making, and help-seeking behavior. This article describes this …

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The Developmental Disconnect in Choosing a Major: Why Institutions Should Prohibit Choice until Second Year

Introduction

E. St. John said, “There is, perhaps, no college decision that is more thought-provoking, gut wrenching and rest-of-your-life oriented—or disoriented—than the choice of a major” (St. John, 2000, p. 22). This idea exemplifies the fact that choosing a major is a choice that should be intentional and based on knowledge of one’s self, and when the wrong choice is made, the implications can be harsh. Ideally, a major will leave a student academically successful, …

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Making Change Work: Empowering Students Who Are Changing Majors

“I’ve wanted to be an engineer since I was a kid obsessed with LEGO building blocks. My high school didn’t offer AP calculus, so I am taking it this semester. Nearly everyone else took calc in high school. I am about to fail this course, which could mean the end of my engineering major.” – Jack

“I came in as an undeclared major because I really wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go. Now …

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