When we do what we are meant to do - money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful and the work we do feels like play. -Julia Cameron
1. If time, money or outside influences were no object, what I would like to do is...
2. When I think about leading a meaningful life that includes my strengths and interests, I would like to make a difference/serve the world by...
3. My favorite academic subjects - that I also excel in are...
4. What experiences outside the classroom have helped you learn about your major or career interests?
5. What hobbies do you enjoy? Name some things you like to do everyday.
6. Most majors do not relate directly to specific careers. The marketable skills you gain from any major can lead to a multitude of careers. A philosophy major, for example, could lead to a career in artificial intelligence, consulting or law (to name a few).
What skills/knowledge do you want to learn next?
7. To help narrow down the variety of majors offered at UB, review the Exploratory Tracks and Majors Exploration Worksheet below. Click to enlarge the worksheet.
Which track most appeals to your interests and strengths, keeping in mind this is an exploratory exercise and you are not formally choosing a track?
8. To help learn more about UB's majors, review the Degrees and Programs section of the Undergraduate Degree and Course Catalog. An example of how to use the catalog to research an anthropology major has been provided below.
Step 1: Select the Degrees & Programs tab.
Step 2: Choose your major of interest.
Step 3: Review the requirements for your major of interest.
Step 4: Read the course descriptions for your major of interest.
List 3 majors that sound most interesting to you.
10. What would your last math instructor say about your math skills?
11. If you plan to take calculus (MTH 121, MTH 131 or MTH 141), you are required to take the ALEKS Assessment placement test. During your advising appointment, your advisor will determine if a calculus course is appropriate for you. A minimum score of 76 is required for MTH 141; 61 is required for MTH 121 and MTH 131.
As of Wednesday, August 1, 2018, if you are registered for MTH 121, MTH 131 or MTH 141 and have not obtained the required ALEKS score, you will be removed from your calculus class.
Have you completed the ALEKS Assessment placement test?
14. While speaking a foreign language is a very marketable skill, it is not required of all students. Are you interested in taking a foreign language your first semester?
15. I attest that any college credits I earned prior to coming to UB (Advanced Placement (AP), alternative credits or college coursework) will be sent to UB as soon as possible.
16. The principle way UB communicates with students is through their official UB email account. It is important that you begin checking your UB email account immediately and frequently. Have you successfully accessed your UB email account?
18. On a scale of 0-10, where 0 is not at all confident and 10 is very confident, how confident are you in selecting this major today? Please note this question is for informational purposes only. A discussion with your advisor is crucial before formally declaring a major.
The Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center is always looking for ways to improve the information we provide to students. We would appreciate if you would complete the brief survey below.
1. How could the Course Registration Guide be improved?
2. What is one thing you learned from the research you conducted while completing the Course Registration Guide?
3. What questions or concerns about your academic options are still on your mind after having completed this process? List your question(s) here.