Advisement fair clears up major problems


    By Lisa Johnson

    The Counseling and Career Center is helping clear up the confusion thousands of BYU students are familiar with ? which major to choose.

    During the Major Academic Advisement Fair on Wednesday, various departments around campus will provide information about majors and career opportunities in each field.

    “We have about 3,900 students on BYU campus that are open majors or undeclared,” said Karen Evans, director of University Advisement. “This is a great opportunity for them to learn about majors and talk to advisors in the majors.”

    Evans said the advisement fair is a way of finding out what students want to do and how they can get there. With nearly 200 majors, it”s really hard for students to know what is offered, she said. It can become overwhelming to the student.

    “It”s like going into Baskin-Robbins and having 200 flavors to choose from and having to pick only one,” Evans said. “The more information they can get, they can find a major that is suitable for them.”

    Kathy Osmun, who is currently an open major, said it has been difficult deciding what major to declare.

    “It”s been really hard trying to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life,” said Osmun, 19, from Wichita, Kan. “I don”t want to wake up every morning and hate going to work.”

    Osmun said she is leaning toward majoring in business, but the advisement fair might be something to help her decide for sure.

    W. Kerry Hammock, academic and career adviser at BYU, said many students have an idea of the majors they want but need information to get started.

    “We want to have them get the information and be able to make meaning of the information for themselves,” Hammock said. “We want students to be able to make a well-informed decision.”

    The advisement fair is not only for students who don”t know which direction to take, but also for students who may have an idea but want to confirm it, Hammock said.

    It will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the WSC Garden Court for students to come and receive information regarding majors at BYU.

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