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Departments display offerings at "A Major Shopping Trip

Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:06

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Kellie Ryan

Political Science professor Catherine Paden explains department requirements to first year student Jenny Withrow.

On Nov. 10, the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted "A Major Shopping Trip." This event, organized by Simmons' academic departments and held in the Fens café, gave students the opportunity to research potential majors and areas of academic interest. Each academic department was represented by professors who were on hand to answer questions about majors and courses for students who have an undeclared major or might be looking for additional areas of study.

"A lot of people have a feel for what they want to do, but there are a lot who aren't sure," said first- year student Alicia Gauthier.

The Major Shopping Trip also gave students a chance to reevaluate their decisions after their fall semester courses.

"I think people have started their major and now they're realizing that there are other things they might be interested in," said first-year student Anna Wolfson.

After it was suggested by former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Diane Raymond and the Office of Student Life, the event was organized by Samantha Schenk, the academic affairs officer, and Rozy Gonzalez, SGA president.

"We were looking to have it around registration time," Schenk said. "But we had to take faculty availability into account so that attendees could have 'face to face' conversations with professors [and] have their questions answered."

"We geared it specifically towards sophomores, but any age group [could] take something from it," she said, explaining that other services were offered for older students at the event.


One of these services was the Career Education Center booth, which gave information and advice to juniors and seniors looking for internships and employment opportunities.

The event also helped attendees consider how different academic paths could be used to further define their careers.

Nelinda Levy, a senior in the communications department, said a lot of Dix scholars visited the communications booth asking how different media tracks could supplement their current career.

"A lot of careers need people with good communication skills," she said.


Professor Susan Duffy from the management department expressed a similar idea, explaining that management is a major that can propel any career.

"You can couple it with any core," she said. "It's a good cap to any major."


Nursing professors Jean Christoffersen and Linda Moniz said that students from all classes had visited their table, including a senior graduating with a degree in public health who was interested in returning to get a nursing degree.

Jenny Withrow, a first-year student who is currently undeclared but interested in political science said, "If you're not in nursing then you're trying to figure out what you want to do."


Rachel Goldberg, a first-year student, said that she chose a class in international relations this semester because it interested her and she isn't sure what she wants to major in. Now, she's looking into political science as well.

"I came just to get more information and to help me decide what I'm really interested in," she said.

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