Advising Right Now: Helping Freshmen Choose Majors
As freshmen decide their major, you will receive more questions about the best way to pick a major. Your initiative at this time in the year can help alleviate their stress.
Every freshman is expected to have declared either a major or declared him/herself to be an Undesignated Sophomore. Advice is available on the Class of 2020 site and details on the Course Selection Form and associated major selection deadline will become available in the spring semester.
Helping Advisees with the Decision
- Sit down and talk with your advisees: When you run into your advisees on campus, good conversations do not usually happen. When you set up a specific time to meet, it gives everyone time to be better prepared. It does not have to be a long discussion, but it will be appreciated.
- Tell your personal story : You might have always known what you wanted to do with your career or you might have had you had trouble deciding a major. Either way, share your experience with your advises. It will help them see that everyone's experience is unique and will discourage comparisons with others.
- Encourage exploration: It's important to inform your advising group about all of the resources available to help them explore majors. Make sure freshmen know about department events, UROPs, and internships. Exchange programs and studying abroad can also be great ways to decide if a major is a good fit for them.
- Direct them to the assessment tools offered by MIT Global Education and Career Development. This resource give a comprehensive idea of how studying abroad and internships can relate to careers.