Finding Motivation for Major Exploration

Once the semester begins, it seems like every day is a busy day on campus. There is so much to do and see, and your life may seem completely planned out to the exact minute. This may not be the case if you have not made a decision on a major, yet. In fact, this may be a very chaotic time for you with more questions than answers swirling around in your head.

Juggling study time, homework, writing papers, extracurricular activities and that job you might have to sustain life can be a very daunting task. The result equates to you curled up in fetal position on your couch watching Jersey Shore instead of reading that chapter on the American Revolution. At this point, the last thing on your mind is researching a major. You’re not alone, but being so overwhelmed that you decide to do nothing can have a damaging effect on your academic career. Just one semester of apathy or laziness can crumble your GPA or set you back a semester or two.

If you have not selected a major, then you are going to have to get off the couch and tear your eyes away from the Snooki trainwreck.

“How can I find the motivation?” you ask.

As an advisor, my advice to you is to learn how to manage your stressors and find a reason in everything you do every day. Then, start using the referrals that your advisor gave you. This may mean trekking across campus to visit the Career Center or talk to another advisor in a different department. The ten minute walk could save you a semester or more worth of tuition and have you feeling more confident about choosing a major.

Keep in mind that advising time is drawing near. Panicked? Fear not. The University Advising Center in 105 Ransom Hall is here to help if you are undeclared and exploring majors, but you have to make the effort.

Attend a Major Exploration Seminar to learn more about majors at UTA and start pursuing your happiness.

Success Series Offers Workshops

University College invites all students to join “The Success Series”, a workshop series designed to improve academic performance and enhance important life skills. Each semester, various departments within University College will offer innovative, hands-on workshops on a variety of topics, such as time management, study skills, dealing with stress, learning styles, major exploration, and more.

Wednesday, Sept. 26th: Manage Your Time and the First Year at UT Arlington.
College success requires more than just blind luck. It requires a firm plan for balancing all of the new responsibilities and tasks that will fill
your life. With extra requirements for studying, going to class, working and other obligations, it can be very easy to find yourself out of balance, feeling tired and getting burned out. Instead, let us help you figure out how to create a plan to balance all of your obligations as you transition into your first year at UT Arlington.

For information on the Success Series and to view the calendar of upcoming workshops visit Success Series online.

Freshman Progress Reports on MyMav

The Freshman 4-Week Progress Reports are available online on your MyMav Student Center.

There are two things a student should do once you view your progress report:

• Schedule a time to meet with your instructor to discuss your progress and any
concerns you may have.

• Meet with your academic advisor who can help you get a clearer picture of your
academic situation. Your advisor can help you explore the various campus
resources available to assist you and can help to facilitate getting you connected
with them, if appropriate.

If you need help viewing your progress report you can find instructions here.

University Advising Center Now Offers Online Chat for Students

Starting this fall, the University Advising Center offers students the opportunity to chat with an advisor online. This convenient service is available for students with general questions like, “When is the last day to drop?”, “What campus resources are available to me?” or “When can I register for classes?”

Advisors are available during normal business hours only. Click Chat with an Advisor to start chatting now.

Please note that Advisors are not available to advise for classes or remove holds on your account via online chat. If you would like to make an appointment click here.

Study Abroad Fair – Sept. 12, 2012

Ever think about traveling around the world? Learning about different cultures and languages? If you said yes, then studying abroad is for you. Learn about your options at the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 12 between 11am and 2pm on the University Center Mall. Students can also apply for a passport at the fair!

For more information about the Study Abroad Program please click here.

Center for African American Studies (CAAS)

Schnavia Smith Hatcher, PhD is the Director from the new Center for African American Studies (CAAS). The mission and goals of the center are geared toward community outreach, social justice advocacy and life-enhancing transformations. CAAS will offer a minor degree program in African American studies with an introductory class scheduled for Spring 2013.

The Center for African American Studies is currently located in the Social Work Complex, Building B, Room 115. For more information, Dr. Hatcher can be reached at

Maverick Major Fair!

Want more information about majors at UTA? If your answer is yes, then we have a special treat for you in October. The University College and University Advising Center will host the Maverick Major Fair on the Library Mall on October 10th. College, School and Department representatives will be available to answer questions and provide major information before the rush for spring advising. Booths will have snacks and door prizes, so check the UTA Calendar of Events for more information and add it to your calendar.

New Pre-Law Center at UTA

Did you know that UTA has a Pre-Law Center?

Located in University Hall, the Pre-Law Center’s advisors are committed to having frank and helpful discussions about the law market, the demands of law school, and students’ academic interests and talents. They advise students in every academic major–not only the traditional “Pre-Law” specializations in history, political science, criminal justice, and philosophy. They have information about careers related to the law that do not involve law school, such as legal research and writing, law enforcement, government service, and employment in public and private agencies. For more information visit

Major Exploration Seminars Start in September!

Choosing a major is an important decision. Every semester the University College offers 45 minute Major Exploration Seminars to provide information on majors and minors at UTA and campus resources available to help you select a major.  This is a perfect opportunity to ask questions and listen to an advisor discuss major selection based on your personality, strengths, abilities and values.

Light refreshments will be available.

All seminars are held in Ransom Hall on either a Tuesday or Friday at noon. For a list of dates and to sign up online click, here.

Major Exploration…the blog.

Welcome to the Major Exploration @ UT Arlington blog!

Being “undeclared” is not as uncommon as you might think.  Did you know that more than 30% of incoming students are “Undeclared”?

We’ll be posting a variety of helpful information and resources for those of you that may be wandering around looking for a major at UTA, so check back often to learn more.