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EXPLORATORY STUDIES MAJOR EXPLORATION SERIES ASSIGNMENT Attendance and Reflection (35 points) Due: October 19 (may be turned in sooner if you attend early MES sessions)
The Major Exploration Series gives students an opportunity to see the big picture of the Colleges, departments and majors at NC State. It is the first of many opportunities to participate in the process of networking!
All Exploratory Studies first year students are required to attend two College sessions. Complete a copy of this MES form for each College session you attend. ** Make sure you sign in by swiping your student ID at each session. You must be on the attendance report in order to get credit for attendance. **
For each College session you will identify at least 2 majors that you would like to learn about. Your questions should focus on learning about the academic discipline, specific courses, special programs/opportunities, internships, research opportunities, career information, etc.
NAME: Zia Wilson USC 101 SECTION NUMBER: 21
College: __Sciences______________________________________Date of Session: _September 21, 2016___
Two majors I want to explore in this Majors Exploration Series Session are:
____Zoology_______________________________ and _____Marine Sciences________________________
Questions you intend to ask at MES Session
What kinds of jobs are offered in this career path?
What kinds of experiences have you had in regard to this major?
What would a starting salary look like for someone in the zoology department?
Notes from Session
Ecologist, Environmental consultant, field trials officer, marine scientist, nature conservation officer, research scientist (life sciences) are the jobs that can be attained with a zoology major.
The recent Alums are doing very diverse jobs such as: Primate Technician, Environmental analyst, chiropractic school (Equine focus), Safar Driver, Molecular Diagnostic Researcher, Lab Corp, Urban Conservation DMV, Assistant Curator of Terrestrial Exhibits, Aquarium Technician, and many more.
Students in the zoology program can participate in a wide selection of study abroad opportunities. Some popular options include: winter or spring break trips- tropical wildlife in Nicaragua, Management and Conservation of Wildlife in India.
A semester or a year at a university located in diverse areas listed: South Africa, Monash, Australia, Ireland, Cork, Scotland, Leeds, UK, Copenhagen, Denmark, etc.
Once you have attended, write your answers to the following about ONE major (or minor) that you learned about at this session.
Now that I know about ___Zoology___________________________________ (fill in name of major) in the College of ______Sciences_________________________, I have identified the following pros and cons about this major:
Pros—What is appealing about the major? What are the good points? Does it seem to “fit” who you are and with your goals?
Cons—What is not appealing about the major? What are the drawbacks? Where does it not “fit” with who you are? Does it conflict with your goals?
PROS (must have at least 3)
CONS (must have at least 3)
There are plenty of opportunities to interact with all kinds of animals.
It is a fairly broad field, with diverse employment opportunities, such as teaching at colleges and universities, working on nonprofit or government-funded projects and performing research
3. Travel may be included in certain jobs in the zoology field. Some zoologists participate in field study projects that take them to places like African jungles, tropical rain forests and locations in less-traveled parts of the world
Zoology has a highly competitive job market, and without a master's or doctorate, it is unlikely that one will get a high salary.
It may be required to take some short term jobs for a few years and move around before one will be able to find something more permanent.
Requires Calculus I and II as well as Physics I and II.
Greatest ‘take-aways’ from this MES Session (Example of questions to get you thinking: What did you learn? What surprised you? What excited you? Meet someone that may help you during your time at NC State?)
I learned a great deal about all of the majors offered in the college of science. I went into the informational session only thinking about the typical sciences such as environmental, biology, chemistry, and physics. I discovered that there are over twenty different majors included in this college, some of which I had never heard of. To name a few: Biological Oceanography, Microbial Biotechnology, and Marine & Coastal had never crossed my mind as plausible majors. The extensive opportunities for traveling excited me as it is one of my passions to explore different countries. They offered a list of various countries that appear to be very worthwhile.
Zia Wilson USC # 21
I feel as though the pros of majoring in psychology outweigh the cons. When I went to the informational session for the college of Humanities and Social Sciences I was intrigued at its variety and different career paths. From anthropology to criminology, each major required Interpersonal, Observational, Thinking, and Computer skills. On a daily basis I find that I am generally more interested in working and helping people than anything else, and psychology would enable me to work with and understand people in the social world. Psychology offers a broad range of jobs including Psychotherapy, Human Resources, Social /Community Service Management, and industrial/organizational psychology. It is important for me to have lots of choices as I know that I do not want to have the same job for my entire life. The only con that may affect this preference is that if I were to aspire to be a psychiatrist or a psychologist I would have to go to four more years of school and possibly medical school. If it turns out that I decide that I would like to pursue either of these two careers, I feel as though the pros of helping people would also outweigh a longer time in school.
For the major zoology in the college of sciences I think my list of cons may possibly outweigh the pros. I can honestly say that I greatly dislike math and chemistry. To major in zoology, I would not only have to take both of these classes, (up to the 200 level) but I would also have to take Physics I and II as well as many biology classes, which I would definitely not enjoy. Throughout my time spent in school I have learned that I usually do not do as well in classes that do not capture my utmost attention, and to be required to take most math and science related classes I can already predict that I would not try as hard as I potentially could. Although this major offers unique travel opportunities and ultimately may lead to working with animals, I feel like I could find time in my life to do both of these things without putting myself through classes that do not satisfy my heart and mind.
I am absolutely interested in learning more about psychology, but I think I will let go of the thought of zoology. It is extremely important for me to have a great sense of satisfaction in my future career and I think that working with people would help me achieve this. I am interested in learning about how the brain works and how people behave and think. I am also concerned with learning about mental health/illnesses, especially depression and how it can be helped without necessarily using medication. I still need to know about all of the job choices and what their position fully entails, and whether it would fully capture all of my attention. I also need to know if what these jobs do actually improve the lives of many people in a significant way. I do not want to waste my time; I want to make a difference in many people’s lives.
In order to move toward a decision, I want to gain more experience with psychology, shadow someone working in a career path of a psychology major, and explore a few other options before I decide to dedicate myself to one major for the rest of college. I am still pondering whether or not to add a minor in college, which will further require more thinking as to what kinds of things I want to be doing in my life.
Name: __________________________________________________________ USC Section: _________
Rubric for Major Exploration Series Assignment
Completed MES forms can be handwritten (as long as they are legible) or typed and should include substantive notes
Reflection should be typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman or Arial font. Include your name and USC section number at the top of the page.
Proofread for spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc.
Staple both MES forms, your reflection, your MES Preparation Worksheet, and a copy of the rubric below and bring to class to turn in on the due date.
Attends and turns in completed MES form for College session #1
Form includes substantive notes & information
Attends and turns in completed MES form for College session #2
Paragraph on Major #1
Thorough discussion of the pros/cons, weight, explanation
Specific: includes details, examples, explanations
Paragraph on both majors and next steps
Thorough reflection on what you have learned about the majors and how they relate to you (addresses all questions listed above)
Demonstrates introspection and self-awareness
Points will be deducted for not following the stated format and directions above and for substantial proofreading errors.
35ay affect this preference is that if I were to aspire to be a psychiatrist or a psychologist I would have to go to four more years of school and possibly medical school. If it turns out that I decide that I would like to pursue either of these two careers, I feel as though the pros of helping people would also outweigh a longer time in school.