Here are the stories of their college journeys.
I came to UMF thinking that I was going to be a writer. Come to find out, I really had no interest at all! This is when I started to explore the different majors, tested them out, and really found my passion in helping other people. Working on campus at a student support center really helped me to talk with people who understood, and could help you decide what your true interests are. I switched my major from Writing, to Community Health, to Psychology, and back to Community Health. Even as a senior, with graduation coming up for me in December, I find myself changing my mind again, and pursuing social work. I think what is most important to remember is that you don’t need to decide right off. Even when you do decide on a major, that doesn’t mean you are limited either. These are your four years here at UMF, and you can make them your own.
My name is Chelsea and I’m a third year majoring in community health. I entered UMF as an elementary education major and realized my second semester freshman year that I wished to exit the education field and explore some other options. Bob Pederson was my assigned advisor as an undeclared major and he was the absolute best. I considered transferring but Bob helped me discover the community health field here at UMF within one semester. I was sad to move on to another advisor because Bob was so great, but I’m fully engaged within my major and I still pop by his office every once in a while to say hello. Next year, I plan to spend two months in Kenya for my internship working with women diagnosed with HIV/AIDs. I will be teaching the women different types of skills in order for them to generate a profit, which can be used to help their families pay the bills. I’ve grown exponentially while attending UMF and I’m excited to see where my future will take me. I personally believe that if it weren’t for the incredible staff and faculty here on campus, I would not have blossomed the way I have.
My name is Samantha and I came to UMF as an early childhood education major. Once I started taking some classes I realized it was not for me. I decided to change my major but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. So I signed up for the Liberal Arts Undeclared program. I was really nervous at first but once I started I realized it was the best thing I could have done. It has allowed me to explore different majors. My advisor is also so helpful and awesome! I have had such a positive experience and I would recommend it to any student who isn’t sure what they want to go to school for!!!!
Hi, my name is Erin and just like you I started out undeclared. I’m what you might call a first generation college student, which means that my parents did not attend college. Prior to coming to this campus I hadn’t had any experience with a career counselor. College was a very scary step for me. During my last few years of high school I would be asked time and time again what I was planning on majoring in when I went to college. I had no answer. The amount of stress going into my freshman year at Farmington was almost unbearable. I felt like a failure. So what do you do if you have no idea? Upon entering my first semester I was in search of something/anything that would be a possible major. I was at the point where I was just looking to choose something – Just so I could have an answer to the question. What I didn’t understand was that coming into college as a freshman you have plenty of time to find out what you’re good at or what might interest you. I also discovered that it’s OK to be undecided. I finally found something that I loved after two and a half years of searching. I am now a senior in the Psychology program and am happier now with my chosen path and am grateful that I was undeclared for the first two years of my college experience. Not only did I learn what I was good at and what I want my profession to be for the rest of my life, but I have also found out about myself, which to me is just as important.
Hi, my name is Chad. When I applied to UMF as a senior in high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I enjoyed History in high school and thought it would be cool to be a History teacher. I was accepted into the Secondary Social Science major at UMF. Just after starting school in the fall, I realized that teaching wasn’t for me. On the advice of my advisor, I changed my major to the Liberal Arts Undeclared program. During the spring semester, I enrolled into a class called Global Transformations, a Geography class. This was very different from what I thought geography was about! We were learning about climate change, social movement, and job outsourcing among other topics. I decided that I wanted to know more about Geography. I met with Stephen Davis, a Career Counselor, and we talked about the kinds of careers related to Geography. At the end of my first year at UMF, I changed my major to Geography with an interest in learning more about GIS systems.
My name is Megan and once upon a time I was an undeclared student. During my senior year of high school I applied to schools thinking I wanted to major in theatre arts. I was accepted to UMF and all set to start as a theatre major. However, over the summer I decided that while I loved theatre, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to major in. I called UMF and switched my major to undeclared. I went through my first year taking all sorts of classes and trying out all the different majors. It wasn’t until after I took a few health classes in the spring semester that I decided I wanted to major in nursing. I transferred to an out-of-state university in the fall of my sophomore year and began taking nursing courses. I soon came to the realization that that particular university was not right for me and I transferred back to UMF in the spring. Two and a half years and four majors later, I finally declared a major in community health education. After working for one year in higher education, I decided to complete an accelerated Nursing Program at USM.
Hi, my name is Alyssa. I am a junior in the philosophy/religion program. In high school, I was dead set on becoming a writer. As I researched various universities, I found the creative writing program at UMF. The university was the only one in New England currently offering a program in creative writing rather than just English. The program was small and inviting, so I jumped at the opportunity. When I came to UMF and began taking courses in my degree program I realized that although the program was excellent, the specific courses and style behind creative writing was not for me. I found myself uncertain and searching, so I decided to explore. I had taken a first year seminar that covered many topics in philosophy and included a lot of in-class open discussion that I really enjoyed. I decided to enroll in an introductory philosophy course to explore the subject further. In the course, I was able to continue with my love for writing and take part in the type of open discussion I enjoyed. I found that the nature of philosophy courses fitted my style best, so changed my major to philosophy/religion.