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You and your major

At some point in your academic career as an undergraduate student, you may feel a sense of uncertainty about the major you have chosen to pursue. This is not an uncommon feeling. You are likely to feel that this is something that you need to resolve as quickly as possible. However, it is a process that should not be rushed. You need to be proactive in your search for answers and access many sources for support and guidance.

Your first step should be to take an inventory of your feelings and concerns regarding your current major. Putting on paper the facts that are influencing your uncertainty will help you identify the source of your concerns. It is important to establish if your uncertainty and concerns are grounded in your major or if outside influences are having an affect on your academics. Your personal assessment will give you an indication of what assistance you will require in finding a major that is right for you, or reconfirm that you are in fact in the right major.

When faced with such uncertainty it is important to meet with the academic adviser specific to your program. Be open with your adviser about your feelings and the specific concerns that you feel may be influencing factors. For example you may feel that the required courses you are taking are too broad and you are looking for more specialization. Your adviser will be able to look at your remaining requirements and assist you in choosing those courses where the curriculum better matches your interests. If your concerns revolve around career options your adviser can give you insight into opportunities that can be pursued once you have completed your degree. Career Services, located on the main floor of the Matheson Learning Commons is a good campus resource for you to obtain relevant career information. Career Services focuses on self-assessment and research that are regarded as essential first steps towards career exploration. The 2014/15 Brock Undergraduate calendar is another great resource you should utilize to familiarize yourself with options and requirements for other majors brocku.ca/webcal. For a complete listing of student services available, visit brocku.ca/services/services-a-to-z

To be effective in choosing a major that is right for you will require you putting in both time and effort. You must be prepared to do the work. Ask questions, do the research, be open to suggestions, be realistic and gather as much information as possible to assist you in making a well-informed decision.