Peer-to-Peer Advice from Undeclared Students

When I got to college in the fall, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I heard other people talking about their majors and what careers they wanted and I wondered how they knew all that when we’re only 18 years old. I never even heard of half the majors they have at UD; how could I pick something if I don’t know what it is?? Right now I’m taking a lot of different classes to meet my requirements and hoping I figure out what I want to do. – UST Freshman   


I was a biology major when I entered UD. I always liked science when I was a kid so I thought that would be a good major for me. But after taking all those really hard classes like bio and chem and calc in freshman year, I decided I had enough and I switched to UST. It’s not that I mind working hard, but I don’t even like biology! So now I’m taking a class on choosing a major and considering what other things I’m interested in. – UST Freshman

It’s hard to believe I’m finishing my sophomore year soon. I am a very different person than when I came here as a freshman. It was hard for me to adjust to college even though I was a good student. I didn’t know how much things like trying to make friends and getting used to living with strangers would affect me. I almost transferred to a school closer to home at the end of my first semester, but now I’m glad I stuck it out. – UST Sophomore/Social Science Interest Area



Student Spotlight: Nick Montoro

Nick is a sophomore from Syosset, New York who came to UD as an undeclared student because he wanted to try out a wide range of classes and he wasn’t certain which career path he wanted to pursue.  He recently decided to declare a B.S. in Biological Sciences as his pathway to dental school. Nick told UST he decided to be an orthodontist “because I love teeth and I am a perfectionist!”   

Nick credits his advisor Kathryn Goldman with helping him transition to college and develop his academic plan without feeling stressed. She “never pressured me into taking any classes I did not want and [she] made sure to educate me about the extensive list of opportunities at UD.  His advice to new students is to stay optimistic.


Welcome back!

Stop by the Center for Academic Success between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm on Tuesday, February 6 for hot chocolate, cookies, and conversation with the UST peer liaisons. All UST advisors are seeing students on a drop-in basis only through February 9, 2018. Due to the high volume of students we see during the first week of classes, you will be restricted to a 15 minute session. You will be able to make regular appointments online beginning February 12.


Student Spotlight: Julia Kane

Julia Kane came to UD with a strong interest in the social sciences, specifically psychology, because she enjoys learning about human behavior and its motivations. Upon discovering that UD offers a disability studies minor, Julia added it to her program plan because of her positive experience volunteering with individuals with special needs. She sees her minor as the “perfect pairing” with psychology, which she intends to declare as her major this spring. Long-term, Julia is planning to attend graduate school and is considering a career as a school psychologist.

Julia is glad that she entered UD as an undeclared student because she was hesitant to make such a big decision too early in her college career. Being a UST student allowed her to keep her options open, take some classes to see if they were a good fit for her while also fulfilling breadth requirements, and explore some other interest areas while working with her advisor, Lys Murray. Julia told us that her advisor has been an “incredible resource” who suggested relevant classes, provided faculty contacts, and served as a source of great advice and encouragement!


November 2017 Peer-to-Peer Advice from First Year Seminar Students

When my teacher asked everyone in our FYE class to share something they learned so far, I thought – I haven’t learned anything. I’m the last one who should be giving advice. I was a really social person in high school, but now I sit in my room a lot, and I need to get out more. I only took four classes so I wouldn’t be in over my head, but now I don’t have anything to do. People in my dorm are always studying or going to labs, and I’m just not part of that. I should be taking more classes.

I really got myself in a bind because I didn’t understand how much I’d have to do to keep up my first semester here. I missed a few classes, and then I told myself I’d start going on Monday, and then it was like time just got away from me. When I saw my midterm grades, I kind of freaked out and knew I had to do something fast. It was really hard to talk to my parents, but I figured I’d better tell them before they got a letter or something from UD. My advisor was a big help with explaining options like auditing a class to my mom.

Nothing is different about you just because you’re at college now. I have ADHD and had to take medication in high school. I stopped when I got to college because I thought I could handle it. But just because where I go to school changed, I’m still the same person I was before I came to UD. So things got pretty messed up my first semester, and then I took off in the spring. When I came back this fall, I registered with DSS. Now I take my meds, see my counselor, and go to whatever offices I need to when I have a problem. I’m doing a lot better this time around.