Saturday, October 24, 2009

Upcoming Workshop

One of the most common dilemmas for entering college students, and even some seasoned students, is deciding what major to declare. They come to me stressed over choices and pressures they either place on themselves; sometimes wondering if college is even the answer. When I look at a student's transcript and notice all the low or failing grades, I first pose the question to them--after the obvious 'Are you alright?'-- Are you in the right major? Because what you focus on is directly related to how motivated you are, whether or not you see the point in taking certain courses, are there any cultural pressures to stay in a major you despise, and if your major is based on natural know-how, potential salary or what others have dictated to you.

Come November 11th at Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY, we'll be discussing just that-- How poor grades and academic probation may be the result of being in the wrong major, to begin with, and possible solutions. This workshop will encourage students to think more critically about why they've chosen their majors? How our personal values affect our academics and career objectives? How to handle parental and societal pressures? Tips on self-motivation and basic college skills. How to study the market and the self? How to act like your major? And when it's time to change directions altogether.

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