Study Abroad Session for Students interested in the Health Professions 1/28/11

“Study Abroad and the Health Professions”

Please join Director of International Studies Carolyn Sorkin and Health Professions Advisor Peggy Carey-Best for a conversation on studying abroad for students interested in medical, dental, nursing, or veterinary graduate school. Bring your questions!

Friday, January 28, 2011    12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Usdan 110

Studying abroad as a PSYC major… — 12/9

Prospective Psychology Majors – Thinking of Going Abroad?

A Study Abroad Panel of psychology majors who have gone abroad will share their experiences with students interested in majoring in psychology to learn about study abroad from the perspective of a psychology major. They will talk about what experiences and programs worked well in their opinion and why, as well as any advice they wish to pass along to others about study abroad. The panel discussion will be Thursday, December 9, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Judd Hall Rm. 116, and pizza will be served.

Any questions, please contact Cathy Race,

Q&A Session with your class dean, peer advisors, OIS & CRC — Thurs., 11/9

Thinking about going abroad? Declaring three majors? Wondering about life after Wes (already)? Come to Sophomore Savvy: Gathering Information, Making Informed Choices, a Q&A especially for second year students.  Dean Louise Brown as well as representatives from the CRC, the SARN Peer Advisors, and Office of International Studies will be there to answer your questions about the next steps at Wesleyan and looking to the future–majors, study abroad, internships. This a very informal time to come ask questions and learn a little bit more about what’s coming up. Come when you can, and leave when you need to.  Bring your dinner, your questions, and your friends!

Voucher for Lunch with Faculty!

Dear Students,

In order to promote informal faculty-student interaction outside the classroom, I am pleased to announce the Daniel Family Commons Free Lunch Program.  We have provided each faculty member with vouchers that enable them to take small groups of students to lunch at the Daniel Family Commons in the Usdan Center.  My office is making these same vouchers available directly to you!  Each voucher covers the cost of lunch for a faculty member and up to three students, and vouchers will be good for the remainder of the current academic year.

Please consider inviting your favorite faculty member to lunch, and stop by my office (220 North College) to pick up a voucher.

Bon appétit!  Dean Mike Whaley

The Planning Period and Majors

The planning period for the Spring 2011 semester  runs from Tues., Nov. 2 through Tues., Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.   Because you will be declaring your major next semester, you want to think carefully about the courses you choose (and do not forget there is drop/add in case you change your mind by then!).  Talk with your advisor or professors in whose department/program syou have some interest to get a better idea of the major and what courses you might take.  And definitely check out on Wesmaps descriptions of the major and courses offered, including in the “Archives.”

  • If you are still exploring major possibilities, try out the gateway courses so you get a taste of what the discipline is about and have the prerequisite for advanced courses. 
  • If you are deciding between two majors, consider taking a course in each department/program to help you decide and  to move you forward at the same time. 
  • If you know exactly what you want, well then, go for it.  

If you’re still uncertain, you should know that students change majors even after the major declaration period, which runs from Feb.  3 to Mar. 5, 2011.  Depending on the major and your own academic history, you may have some flexibility to drop or add a major after March 5.  In other words, you still have time to explore next semester. 

Also, remember that your major does not necessarily determine what you will do with the rest of your life.  To get some perspective on this, talk with a CRC staff member and check out what Wes alums have done with their majors—see the amazing range of jobs that you wouldn’t even think of—by accessing MyCRC.

If you have questions, concerns or angst, please do not hesitate to talk with your faculty advisor and/or me .  We want to help you make the decision that is right for you.  

2013 rocks, Dean Brown  (x2758,

Major Tips #3

While you do not need to get too worried about the connection between your major and your career, you also do not need to get too worried that the career you think you want now will keep you tied to that path forever.  Do you know that people go through an average of 4-5 different jobs  in their lifetime?   It’s important to know that what you do after you graduate from Wesleyan is not necessarily what you will be doing  five, ten or even twenty years later. 

So what might you end up doing?  Go to the CRC to check out the possibilities.   First, get familiar with what kinds of information they have to offer you and then begin to check out the kinds of positions that are available in the different fields.  There are jobs people are doing—making a decent living from AND enjoying—that you haven’t even heard of.  With the rapid transformation in technology today, there will be jobs when you graduate that do not even exist now.  You can always think about creating your own.  Dream away!

And check out the “Choosing a Major” workshop with CRC sophomore liaison, Jim Kubat, at noon, Usdan 110–today.

Choosing a Major — Thurs., 10/7 at noon

How do students choose a major? Why do they choose one major over another? How, if at all, does your choice of major relate to your career direction after graduation? These questions will be addressed as Jim Kubat, sophomore class liaison, shares the career development point-of-view on the process of choosing an undergraduate college major at noon on Thursday, October 7 in Usdan 110.