Students find help making major decisions

Students explore myriad L&S options at the Majors Fair.

October 21st 2016 | Katie Vaughn
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Mitchell Rybarik of Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, and Hannah Lier of Superior, Wisconsin, enquire about a major in chemistry at the Majors Fair. Both students are in the Exploring Biology First-Year Interest Group and considering careers in science and math fields.

At the Majors Fair, an annual event put on by the Career Exploration Center and this year held October 18 at Union South, faculty, staff and upper-level students representing more than 100 departments, majors and certificate programs showcased the opportunities provided in their areas of study. We checked in with a few L&S students who were exploring all the exciting options.


The event came at a perfect time for Avery Aurand. The sophomore from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, had recently dropped her conservation biology major and was looking for a new path. She’s interested in pairing geography and journalism. “Geography is the study of the world around us, and journalism is putting it into words and sharing it,” she says.


Adi Dina came to the Majors Fair with a purpose: to figure out how to fit in all her interests! The freshman from Los Angeles is considering majors in art history, English and environmental studies, plans to study abroad in either Peru or Switzerland and wants to graduate in four years. All these experiences will lead to becoming a high school teacher, she says.


Freshman Calvin Spolar arrived at the Majors Fair with a wide open mind. “I’m an undecided student and felt it would be silly not to come,” he says. The Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, native is interested in a vast range of majors, but leaning toward chemistry, physics and biology, as well as psychology and classics.