Happy First Day of August, members of the Class of 2025!
My hope is that you are enjoying summer and getting excited to return to campus this fall. I’ve conversed recently with some of your peers about major declaration and career trajectory. If you are a student who knows exactly what you want to major in and what you want to do for a career when you graduate, that’s great! If you are a student who has no idea what you want to major in or what you want to do for a career, that’s great too! Wesleyan’s open-curriculum encourages you to explore courses in many disciplines; this course exploration can often lead students to their passion.
Reflection is an important part of any journey, so I share some questions below you may want to consider now before the hustle and bustle of the fall semester. These questions are intended to evoke personal reflection as you progress through Wesleyan. There are no right or wrong answers; however, take stock of your feelings as you navigate these questions.
Sophomore year can be both exciting and overwhelming as you approach major declaration. I encourage you to share your thoughts with those in available support networks – this may include me, your pre-major liberal arts advisor, a faculty mentor, one of our Academic Peer Advisors, your friends and/or your family.
- In what ways have you grown intellectually over the last 12 months?
- What are your academic strengths?
- Which classes have been most challenging, and how did you handle those challenges?
- Are you comfortable sharing your thoughts and ideas with peers in class?
- Have you taken advantage of opportunities to learn outside the classroom? What are some examples of this?
- Is there a topic on which you might like to do research? How did you become interested in this topic?
- What campus resources can you use to navigate the topics addressed in these reflection questions?
If you’d like to chat about these questions with me, I welcome it! Please schedule a zoom meeting with me here to chat more.
Sending you good vibes as we close out the summer – take care! Dean Dunn
Questions borrowed from NACADA, the global community for academic advising.