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Making a major decision

[Majors Night 2017]
First-year students in the Faculty of Arts and Science fill Grant Hall for Majors Night on March 1. The event is a partnership between Career Services, the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS), the Arts and Science Departmental Student Councils and the Faculty of Arts and Science. (Photo by Laura Wyatt)

For first-year Arts and Science students at Queen’s, it’s one of the biggest decisions they will make in undergrad: choosing a degree plan.

The third annual Majors Night, held March 1, was a major success, as Grant Hall was packed with over 1,300 students seeking out the best program for them.

“This event aims to provide as many touch points as possible to help first-year students make an informed decision,” says Miguel Hahn, Project Lead for Career Services.

Majors Night is a partnership among Career Services, the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS), the Arts and Science Departmental Student Councils and the Faculty of Arts and Science.

“Our 28 undergraduate departments were there, representing over 90 different degree plans,” says Lindsey Fair, Associate Director in the Faculty of Arts and Science. “Students had the opportunity to interact with upper-year peers, staff and faculty members to help them in making this significant decision. The Major Maps were also a popular item at the event and helped students see how their degree plans would align with everything else they do at Queen’s.”

First-year students say the event is very helpful.

“I got a lot of advice from upper-year students and staff about how to decide on a specific major,” says Derrick Wang. (ArtSci’20). “I also got some information about internships at Queen’s and exchange opportunities, which helped me create a clear plan for university life."

A new addition to this year’s event was the presence of the Experiential Learning and Employer Team of the Queen’s University Internship Program (QUIP). First-year students were able to interact with current interns, learn about what they are experiencing in their internships, and speak to program coordinators about opportunities to pursue their own hands-on work experiences in the future.

“This is the second year that students in Arts & Science have had the option of a 12-16 month internship, and we are seeing a lot of interest,” says Kristen Eppel, QUIP coordinator, Career Services.

“It was wonderful to talk to students who are thinking about taking advantage of this new opportunity.”

For more information about QUIP, visit careers.queensu.ca/quip