I’m so excited to see that there are readers commenting our posts! Thanks so much for your questions :]
Okay, let’s get down to business! (to defeat the Huns..) As I’ve mentioned before in my bio, (ignore my ridiculous picture), there are many perks to being an undecided student. To name one, there are several courses that are exclusive to undecided students. First off, University Studies 2 (more affectionately known as Uni Studies) is a required class that I took in the Fall. It is a great way to start off the year GPA-wise, because the course is worth 2 units and a letter grade, what “A” great course! All you really have to do is complete the journal entries and light assignments on time. The aim of this class is to familiarize students with campus resources/facilities (we’re paying for them anyway, might as well know about them and take advantage of them!) and help students explore major options with panels, discussions, surveys, etc.
Each lecture specifically discusses basic info about a certain major/school (Business, Engineering, Arts, etc.) and not all of them are mandatory. My discussion was small and everyone was friendly and inviting. At the end of the course, there is campus resource project where groups are required to provide the class with information about a specific UCI facility. Mine was the Health Education Center (you can find out more info about this on my other posts on the old blog), and I still visit it to sit in the massage chair and take some free room air fresheners!
More recently, I enrolled in a Bio Seminar class called “The Food We Eat” where I’ve learned about nutrition and genetically modified food. (Jeannie is in my class!) There is a long list of Bio Seminars available (worth 1.3 Pass/No Pass credit) that are required during Spring quarter for regular bio majors. However, although these seminars are Bio specific, they are also open to undecided students! There were some interesting ones that caught my eye, including one titled “The Bio of Harry Potter” — how cool is that?!
*Quick tip for prospective undecided students: if you’re even slightly interested in biology, humanities, engineering, etc. (any of the hardcore subjects that have prereq’s), I’d suggest that even though you are able to “weigh your options”, you should definitely take the introductory courses that a declared student would take for that major to avoid falling behind. This way, if you realize that you really want to be a bio major, for example, you would have already taken Bio 93 your Fall quarter and be on track. (Likewise, take Humanities Core or Math, etc.) If this is confusing, just ask and I can explain it more :]
In other news, this quarter is turning out to be extremely busy for me. I’m a volunteer at the Cross-Cultural Center, taking the MCLI (Mesa Court Leadership Institute) course about global leadership, and taking my three academic courses: Humanities 1C, Psychology 9C, and Sociology 3. Aside from academics, I am also performing in Culture Night (May 15th) in a tradition Chinese all-girls dance with my Chinese Association club. There are also all-guys and co-ed performances under CA and they look really intense! Check it out!
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PS — A neutron walks into a bar and asks the bartender, “Hey, how much for a drink?” The bartender looks at him and says:
“For you, no charge!”