Deciding a major is one of the most pressing issues college students face during their educational careers.
Wednesday’s Many Advisors Under One Roof, or M.A.J.O.R. Night, is an annual event in the Bovee University Center that aims to help students make those difficult decisions.
“It is very easy for students; all of the majors are in one location with all resources at hand,” said Grosse Isle senior and Orientation Mentor Zackery Kowalski. “This event is especially helpful for transfer students and freshmen, because they can see and learn about all of CMU’s majors at once.”
Academic adviser and event host Lynne L’Hommedieu has been in charge of M.A.J.O.R. Night since 2006. This year’s M.A.J.O.R. Night included approximately 50 academic departments and student services.
“Students can come and get information from multiple advisers for all the different majors at once,” she said. “Most students come in as freshmen thinking they know what they want to major in, but that often changes because students learn more about themselves and more about what CMU has to offer.”
According to Art and Design Professor Sally Rose, who was advising the art and design department, the main appeal of the event is the breadth of readily available information.
“We discuss a range of information that helps students stay on track with courses within the specified major. We also inform them about possible career options,” Rose said. “I advise students to take the introductory classes within their intended major, because this allows them to jump right in. They can determine whether the major is potentially right for them.”
Grand Haven sophomore Allison Dunn is one student who is currently debating between majors.
“Right now I am, in a sense, shopping around and learning about all of them,” she said. “There are so many majors and it is hard to decide which one will be most fulfilling as a career, so it’s nice that they are all here readily available in one room.”
Another student who attended the event in hopes of signing her major is transfer student and St. Clair Shores junior Princess Sims, who said her mind is set on a broadcasting and cinematic arts major.
“Honestly, I thought I was going to sign my major tonight,” Sims said. “I went straight to that adviser and gathered a lot of information. Now I know exactly what I need to sign my major.”