If you were unable to attend last week’s student panel on Finding Your Major, please check out these fantastic tips!
How do you know this is the right major for you?
- Does it reflect your personalities and interests?
- Figure out majors through taking select courses.
What are the outside influences in choosing majors, like pressure from parents and friends?
- Parents – Tell them you want to try by yourself.
- Let them know your interests and what you would love to do.
- (Editorial note: visit the Career Center to learn how to connect with a potential career particularly if that career is not related to your major.)
What are good sources of advice?
- Take advising classes and seminars
- Establish relationships with professors; they could become your advisors as well as references in the future.
- Freshmen and sophomores might be very nervous to talk to professor. You could start a conversation by asking them some questions related to class or any of your concerns. They will be very willing to help.
- Visit the Academic Advising Center.
- It’s okay to ask some personal questions:
‘Where are you from?’
‘How did you choose your major?’
‘How did you get to this point?’
- Let them know you in a personal way in order to build a relationship.
- It is hard to let a professor get to know you in a big class. Sign up for some smaller classes and make your voice heard.
- Professors may give better academic advice than some advisors because they are familiar with a specific academic area and its development trends.
- Go to the TA. They know about the courses, the professor, as well as the undergraduate and graduate students at BC.
Compared with a traditional major and minor, how much extra work is it to double major?
- The work load is a lot, but if you are interested in what you chose and have a clear plan, you will enjoy double majoring, especially taking courses in different departments.
How do you schedule the second semester if you are undeclared?
- Take some core courses in the department that you are interested to find classes you might like
- Take cultural diversity courses.
How do you prepare for studying abroad?
- Talk to your advisor ahead to plan your schedule early if you want to study abroad.
- Make sure you know the language requirement and what you have to do ahead of time.