Day of Declaration and Majors Fair helps students explore their career options

Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

On Thursday, students had the opportunity to explore the many academic possibilities offered to UWF students at the annual Day of Declaration and Majors Fair.

Senior Samantha Huss said, “Students get to know more about what’s happening on campus and more about what their majors and minors entail.”

The event was a collaborative effort among Career Services, Housing and Residence Life, and First Year Advising. One of the event organizers, Lindsey Walk, assistant director of Career Planning, said that the Day of Declaration and Majors Fair committee aims for the event to allow students to learn about majors at UWF that they may not know otherwise.

“Advisors and faculty members from academic departments across campus are available to answer any questions students may have about UWF majors,” Walk said. “Additionally, other departments such as Career Services, First Year Advising Center, Honors, Registrar’s Office and Study Abroad discuss other resources available to help students in reaching their career goals.”

This event allowed UWF students to sample a wide variety of majors and degree programs offered at the university. Each participant was issued a passport. The participant’s passport was stamped each time they visited a booth representing an academic major and degree program.

Student participants represented a wide range of academic backgrounds. Students who had already declared their major also appreciated how this event benefited their peers.

“I have already declared a major,” sophomore Sarah Robinson said. “I know that from looking at other majors and seeing the qualities in them has helped me in securing whether or not I like the major I have declared.”

While the Day of Declaration and Majors Fair was able to assist some students participating to declare their major, there are still numerous students struggling with this decision. For those students Lindsey Walk offers some advice.

“For students who are undecided in their major, I encourage them to do as much research as possible into majors of interest. I also suggest they make an appointment with Career Services for career/major coaching so we may help them narrow down their options,” Walk said.

Walk also encourages students to talk to as many individuals as possible in their field of interest.

“Ask them questions about their careers so you can determine if you should look further into that particular option.”