Here at TTUA major exploration is a part of almost everything we do. It's one of the founding principles of our office, and it guides our advising appointments, presentations, student interactions, involvement with other offices on campus, and professional development. We believe that every student needs to explore, not only to determine a best-fit major, but also to find a Plan B. Sometimes that Plan B is a back-up plan for when things don't go as well as you had hoped. Other times that Plan B is a stair-step plan to help you get to where you want to go. We want you to have multiple ideas and directions in mind so that you're more prepared when some unexpected event arrives.
Even more importantly, we want you to have a solid process in place for ANY instance in which you need to make a decision. That's what Discovery! really is…a decision making process. We understand that major exploration is different for every student. Each of you has a variety of individualized experiences which inform how you think and feel – that's part of being human, we just aren't all exactly alike. So we know a one-size-fits-all major exploration program doesn't make sense. Our goal is to meet you where you are. By talking with an advisor one-on-one, you can help us to understand what you've already done to explore. Maybe you've talked with some of your parents' friends who are professionals in the field in which you are interested. Maybe you've done some job shadowing. Maybe you have taken classes in a subject area at another institution. Maybe you have job experience that has helped you to determine a specific major or career objective. Maybe you've interviewed other members of your student organization about their majors. What we need first is a starting point, and then we can help you to determine additional activities that can further your exploration. What do those activities look like?