From creating new friendships to participating in student organizations, college is a time of trying new things. However, perhaps most importantly, college is a time where students pick their future career.
On Thursday, Oct.14, from 9:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m., the annual Major Connections Fair was held in Brewer Plaza. The fair is hosted by the Career Development Center and is dedicated to helping students learn more about graduate programs, majors and minors offered at Samford.
Director of Career Counseling at the Career Development Center Heather Mitchell said the fair is about exploring one’s options.
“Our annual majors fair provides the student body with the opportunity to meet with faculty/staff and student representatives from all of Samford’s academic departments,” Mitchell said. “This come-and-go event is a great venue for students to learn about the majors, minors, concentrations, special academic programs and graduate/professional degree offered on campus. This event is very beneficial to undeclared students, to students considering changing their major or adding to their degree programs, and to students of all classifications who are exploring their options to continue their education at Samford University through graduate study.”
Professors and department ambassadors were present at the fair to discuss the various ways students can get involved.
Ambassador for the Psychology Department Lindsey Newsom was among those in attendance. When asked if this year’s Connections fair helped students to figure out what majors they wanted to pursue, Newsom said she heard some encouraging answers.
“We had a couple students tell us that they were for sure going to add a major/minor after coming to talk to us and getting more information about the department at Samford and possible career paths after Samford,” she said.
Freshman Political Science Major Kelsey Martin discussed why attending the fair was beneficial for her.
“I loved the Major Connections Fair, because it provided a lot of new perspectives for students that were looking for different options,” Martin said.
While the Connections Fair went well, Mitchell said her department is always looking for ways to make the event even better next year.
“We are always looking for ways to improve, and to that end we survey both students and academic department participants. I look forward to reviewing those surveys in the next few weeks to see what suggestions there may be and to incorporate as many as we can for next year,” Mitchell said .
Students who are considering changing their major, are having trouble declaring a major or need guidance on graduate programs at Samford, are encouraged to visit the Career Development Center in Dwight Beeson Hall 103.
To set up an appointment, call 205-726-2980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.