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Month: March 2018

Peer-to-Peer Advice: Adjusting to College

“Adjusting to the large classes was difficult for me, so I found friends in those classes to study with, which helped me a lot.”

“The most difficult part for me was getting used to the structure of college because the classes aren’t back-to-back every day like in high school. I had to learn how to use the time between classes for assignments, and take time to relax.”

“The hardest part of coming to college for me was being away from home. I got super involved with campus events to keep busy in a positive way, and I managed my time to allow for staying in contact with my family.”


Minor Spotlight: Theatre Studies

This 15-credit minor is designed for students who are interested in a variety of areas of the theatre, including performance, production, history, and directing. All students in the minor complete THEA104: Introduction to Theater & Drama, as well as 6 THEA elective credits at the 200-level and 6 THEA elective credits at the 300-400-level (or a DANC course approved by the minor advisor). For more information, consult the program faculty in Hartshorn Hall.

Students interested in performance opportunities should contact E-52, the amateur theatre group on campus.


Major/Minor Spotlight: Political Science

Political science is concerned with the origin, development, and operation of political systems. Courses offered by this department cover topics such as public opinion, political ideology and social conflicts, and the election process. The department offers both a minor and major in this field of study. Students interested in learning more about government are encouraged to take POSC150: American Politics and POSC240: Global Politics.

Some of the entry level positions available to people with degrees in political science include: lobbyist, campaign operative, and legislative assistant. A legislative aide, for example, collects and analyzes data to help elected officials understand the implications of proposed legislation for their constituents. Individuals who are highly social and enterprising tend to be a good fit for this type of work.


March Student Spotlight: Olivia Boon

Olivia is a New Jersey native who entered UD as an undeclared student because she wanted to take a range of classes that interested her. She has had a positive experience with her advisor, Moira Curtis, who Olivia told us “is readily available and easy to talk to.” 

Olivia was introduced to her intended major, Landscape Architecture, when she took an introductory course that fulfilled a breadth requirement. The topic interested her very much, so she spoke to her professor, students in the program, and a professional architect outside of the university to get additional information about the field. She recently joined the Philadelphia Flower Show Club, which is run by students in the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.


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