It's okay to be undecided about a major. Students should use this uncertainty as a means to self-discovery.
Many new students decide to delay choosing a major if they have varied interests or have not identified a main focus for their studies. The Career Discovery Program (CDP) is designed for students who are eager to learn more about themselves and their educational and career options. As the CDP advisor/ instructor, I support these students in making suitable and realistic choices of major before the end of the second year of college.
I chose a career in higher education because I've always had a desire to help others realize their potential and achieve their goals. Since I came to D'Youville in 2010, I've been blessed with the opportunity to forge mentor-like relationships with many of my students. I strive to create an environment where students feel comfortable asking questions and posing ideas. I try to emphasize that it's okay to be undecided and I encourage my students to use this uncertainty as a means to self-discovery.
The courses I teach focus on self-assessment, academic exploration, and informed decision making. They provide students with networking opportunities, campus information, and even time management and note-taking advice. We work as a team to recognize and discuss interests, identify goals, and create action plans for success. As students investigate different majors at the college, I urge them to focus on the core curriculum and test-drive their interests through introductory courses and shadowing opportunities. When a student is accepted into an academic major, I feel good knowing they are academically prepared.
Nicole M. Alfano
Career Discovery Program