Major Exploration StaffMegan Shaffer, M.S.
Academic Advisor, Major Exploration
First-Year Interest Group Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science
Western Illinois University - Master of Science in College Student Personnel
Did you change your major? YES! I changed my major twice. Both my parents are engineers and I thought that I had to go into science of engineering to get a good job. I started college as a chemistry major with the intention of going into chemical engineering eventually. I realized after two semesters that, although I was good at chemistry, I really did not like it. My lack of interest and passion led to lack of motivation and a few bad grades. I changed my major to nutrition and dietetics, because I was not comfortable leaving the science field and nutrition had plenty of science courses. After two more semesters I realized that the thing I loved most about nutrition and dietetics was working with people and not the science classes. I changed my major for the last time to human development and family sciences where I learned all about the growth and development of people and relationships.
Have you ever dropped a class? Yes I did drop a class. During my third semester I was registered for classes I needed for a chemistry major, which included calculus. Since I transferred into a major that did not require a high level of math I decided to drop calculus after midterms, because I was not doing well. I decided that dropping calculus and receiving a "W" was a better option than negatively affecting my GPA. I took a summer class to make up for the lost hours and the "W" had no impact on my admittance to graduate school or getting a job.
Floyd Welsh, M.S.Ed.
Program Director, Major Exploration
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Master of Science in Education in Higher Education - College Student Personnel