CWRU | First Year

Explore majors, minors and experiential learning at the Choices Fair Friday

Choices FairMark your calendar for the 2017 Choices Fair, Friday, Oct. 13 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in the Veale Gymnasium. All first-year students are required to attend this event.

The Choices Fair allows first-year students to take an active role in exploring majors, minors and experiential learning opportunities. During the fair, students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with faculty and student representatives from every undergraduate major and minor offered at CWRU, as well as representatives from campus offices that offer experiential learning, such as Education Abroad, SOURCE, the Career Center and more.

As you prepare to attend this event, here are a few suggestions to help you make the most of this opportunity:

Review the list of majors and minors in advance of the event
You can find them in the General Bulletin. Spend time investigating programs of interest through the bulletin, department websites or resources available on the Career Center’s webpage.

Come prepared to interact with the faculty and students representing the various programs, offices and organizations.
Introduce yourself, and ask questions. It may help to prepare a set of questions in advance of the event.

Visit with any and all programs of interest, regardless of whether you’re considering a major, minor or are simply interested in taking courses in the discipline.
Don’t limit yourself, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you can discover.

Don’t assume that if you have a major in mind already that there is nothing to be gained at this event.
Consider alternate or complementary majors or minors that you might later choose to pursue. You can also find many experiential opportunities, such as research or study abroad, that will enhance your education outside of the classroom.

Confirm the ways in which you can follow up with the departments.
Many will be collecting student’s contact information, so be sure to share yours so that the department can reach you. Many departments will host follow-up informational events that will allow you to interact more directly with faculty and current students and learn more about the opportunities for study and involvement. Use the Choices Fair to learn more about these and make plans to attend.

Speak with your advisor in the weeks that follow the event and develop a plan that will allow you to continue the process of exploring your interests and clarifying your plans.
Remember exploration is a process, and the amount of time needed and strategies employed are going to vary from person to person. Focus on your personal needs, interests and goals, and use this event as a springboard for getting started.

If you need additional assistance, remember that your residential college director and Dean Michael Mason in the Office of Undergraduate Studies are always available to consult with you and point you in the right direction.