Get REAL: Major Exploration at Wheelock
Office of Academic Advising Staff
Location: Activities West, First Floor
Hear from Students
"I was able to reflect on my skills and why they are meaningful to me."
"I enjoyed being able to hear from the professors of my intended major."
"It was nice to talk to upperclass students to hear their perspectives and opinions."
During the Spring semester, the Office of Academic Advising is excited to present our annual major exploration program: Wildcats Get R.E.A.L. About Majors! This is a month-long program designed just for YOU, as you begin or continue to explore Wheelock's academic opportunities. This comprehensive program is designed to help you further explore your skills, values, and interests, while you learn about resources that can enhance your academic and co-curricular paths. The program consists of three distinct components: Self-Reflection Workshop, Major Exploration Conference, and Majors & Resource Fair.
- Self-Reflection Workshop:
During the first two weeks of the program, students are required to attend one of several workshops focused on skills, interests, and values. Through pre-planned group activities and discussions, students will be invited to discuss and explore their passions, interests and values and to reflect on how they relate to academic and career goals and aspirations. Additionally, each workshop will feature a Guest Speaker – a member from the Wheelock community who will share their own experiences highlighting more than one path to success and the many ways in which academic programs and career paths are linked and connected. Students will register for the Major Exploration Conference at the conclusion of their workshop.
- Major Exploration Conference:
The second part of the program features a required conference-style event, during which we ask students to consider interests discussed at the earlier workshop, within the context of various academic programs and opportunities offered as part of the Wheelock experience. Students are required to attend 4 separate conference sessions (one session per major or major discipline), at which faculty will present information about their major programs including logistical information about curriculum, as well as broad information about the field and opportunities within it.
- Majors & Resource Fair:
During the final week of the program, we offer an optional resource fair designed to connect new students with current upperclassmen within specific majors, to get the students' perspective about opportunities they've had in their major, skills they've developed in their program, what they've been excited about and where they plan to go next with their degree. Career Services, Jumpstart, Study Abroad, and the COF Group will also be represented at the fair, to provide students an opportunity to gain exposure to additional co-curricular opportunities.