Penn State Division of Undergraduate Studies

Penn State Division of Undergraduate Studies


[ Music ]>>I realized that Penn State
was a great campus as soon as I actually stepped
foot onto Penn State. That’s when I was sold.>>I chose Penn State because
I feel I can get the best of the best education,
and it’s very diverse.>>I was looking
for a big school because the opportunities, I
was looking for a small school because of the personal
relationships, and Penn State is where I found both
of those things.>>I knew I wanted to
come to Penn State, but I really didn’t know what
I wanted to major in at all. I thought I was the only person
that didn’t have a major.>>I knew that Penn State has
such a multitude of majors, I was almost overwhelmed
in just choosing one.>>25% of the incoming class
actually starts in the Division of Undergraduate Studies.>>DUS is a great place
for students to start if they’re not entirely sure of
the 160 majors at Penn State, which college they need to start
in, which unit is best for them.>>They’re coming in thinking,
“I know I want to come to college, but I’m not quite
sure what I want to do”, and they’re just
trying to figure out what direction they
want to head in to.>>I knew that when you pick
a major that’s what all your classes are in, and
I, I didn’t want to compromise everything
else, just take one path, so that was my difficulty
in choosing a major because my interests
range from anything from government history, to
physics or forensic science.>>It was just all over the
place: fashion designer, interior designing, to
becoming a wedding planner, to wanting to become a
forensic pathologist, but just meeting Tim Radio
really eased my nerves.>>My advisor helped me find
my passions, and then we went from the passions and tried
to trace where I could go with that academically.>>Matt?>>Yes.>>How’s it going?>>Jeff. Nice to meet you.>>Come on.>>We are great at kind
of having conversations. We then talk about their
goals academically, what are their strengths.>>So what if I was
interested in social work, how would I be able to do that?>>HDFS would work very well.>>Oh wow.>>Absolutely perfect.>>Absolutely, yeah. So, something to think about…>>The best part
of this job is kind of really helping
students figure out what it is they
are striving for, what is it that they
absolutely want to be a part of, what would they love to study? What’s their dream? Where’s their goal? What would they want to create? So that when someone does see
their resume, it kind of pops out that these are the things
that they were excited about and that they created
for their education.>>The myth is that you’re just
going to be spinning your wheels as an undecided student,
and you’re just really going to lose a lot of time, and
because I worked so closely with my advisors, that
didn’t happen and I was able to really use all 4
years here at Penn State.>>They lead you the right way
to explore, so I was exploring and taking classes in
all different fields, but they were still keeping me
on a structured academic path so that when I did
choose my major, I still could graduate
in 4 years.>>All of the advisors
in the Division of Undergraduate Studies
know exactly what they’re talking about. You couldn’t ask for a
better set of advisors.>>Depending on the college
and the major you might, in the second week of
the first semester, decide that you’re truly
interested in Education and move directly
into that college. If you are interested in
a major that has entrance to major requirements, students
can stay with us all the way through the 4th semester. So they’ll have the first 2
years to be with a DUS advisor to help them pick
the right classes, head towards the right
direction, and go like any of the students in any
of the other colleges.>>A lot of students
who graduate from Penn State will graduate
from a major they hadn’t heard of before they got here.>>After going through 18
majors I can honestly say today that my passion is psychology.>>I decided to major in
science, specifically immunology and infectious diseases, in the
school of Agricultural Sciences.>>After I found out business
wasn’t me, I talked with Laura and I decided communications
seemed right, so a semester later I’m
switching into the College of Communications
like nothing happened.>>Way to go!>>Now that I’m in the
College of Liberal Arts, I’m doing other things and
pursing my degree in psychology and international relations.>>Once students
identify a major, they tend to graduate
in that major.>>Every time I get to see a
new student come in the door, there’s something exciting about
what they want to talk about. Helping them get to
where they want to go and create their education and their story is
wonderful to be a part of.>>Here at Penn State
DUS is a family. Being able to help a student
discover their academic goal to kind of find a home here
at Penn State, to learn more about their interests,
and help them get on a pathway that’s
going to allow them to be successful
allows me every morning to be excited about what I do.>>I received the best of
the best education here, I was able to not feel any sort
of pressure or stress, anxiety or anything for picking
a major, and the fact that I had their support,
they put up with me going through my stages of all the
different majors, it was great.>>Am I glad I chose
to enter into DUS? Yes.>>We all have different
passions. We all have different loves. The Division of Undergraduate
Studies will guide you in finding something.

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