September 26th, 2012
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.