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Virtual Advising and Online Learning Tips and Resources

We hope you are all staying safe (inside!) and adjusting smoothly to your online learning formats. You should have already received an update from your UST advisor that all advising for the remainder of this semester will be done virtually either through email or Zoom. Every advisor has their own unique Zoom link, so make sure you are using the one they provide you. If you want to schedule a Zoom meeting with your advisor, you may do so the same way you would a regular meeting through BHSC.

If you are not currently a UST student but would like to speak with a UST advisor, you can email ust-advise@udel.edu.

Make sure you are utilizing the many online resources available to you to assist you with your academic planning and your online learning:

Student Spotlight: Kennedy Medley

Kennedy is one the UST Peer Liaisons and currently a sophomore majoring in English with an interest in healthcare management. Last summer she enjoyed her time as a research intern with Community Outreach. She has also done job shadowing to help her with her career decision-making.

Describe your process for choosing your current major of interest. Were there any resources you utilized to help you?

Choosing a major has been a tough process for me, but I wouldn’t change the way I went about my decisions. The career center has definitely been a great resource with tests geared to finding out more about who I am!

What advice do you have for new or prospective UST students?

It is okay to not know! You should really allow yourself to try new things and different classes to know more about yourself.

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started at UD?

Something that I know now that I wish I knew was that going into college no one really has everything figured out! We are all going through the most transformative experiences of our lives.

What’s something that you use as an outlet or escape when everything gets tough?

Mine is to journal. I journal and write everything I’m thinking about even if it doesn’t make sense!

Pre-Registration for Fall 2020 and Declaring a Major

Pre-registration advising has begun! Check out our previous post about Spring enrollment for tips and reminders that also pertain to Fall enrollment. If you have already picked out a major and are able to change it prior to the start of your registration, we highly recommend you do so. Please read the following for more information about declaring a major.

If you have already completed a full semester (spring or fall) as a UD student and have chosen a major that you meet the requirements for, you can submit a Change of Major form. You cannot submit a Change of Major yet if a) you are a new student (first-year or transfer) in your first semester, b) the major you want has specific application dates, and/or c) you do not meet the requirements for the restricted major. For application dates and requirements, see the Restricted Majors page for your Catalog year: 2017-20182018-2019, 2019-2020.

  • For students who want a major in the College of Business and Economics, you can apply starting March 15th, as long as you meet the minimum requirements.
  • For students who want a major in the College of Engineering, you can apply after your spring semester grades have been published and as long as you meet the minimum requirements.

New first-year and transfer students whose entry term is Spring 2020 can submit a Change of Major form for an unrestricted major (any major not listed on the Restricted Majors page) starting April 14 (after the withdrawal deadline).

You can find the Change of Major form in UDSIS or directly through Web Forms. Here are some tips when submitting the form:

  • If you are submitting a request for more than one program (e.g. double majors, a major and a minor, etc.), put in separate entries for each program. It will not accept a major and a minor in the same line.
  • Submit the form itself. Adding the lines for each program is not submitting the form. Make sure you complete the page asking why you are requesting the change.
  • Allow some time for the form to process. It needs to be approved by the department and then processed by the Registrar. You can see the status in Web Forms by reviewing the form in the Out Basket tab.

We encourage students to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. If you are in your second or third year and are undecided or don’t meet the requirements for your intended major, schedule a meeting with your UST advisor to explore your options.

Student Spotlight: Callie Westerlund

Callie is a junior majoring in Communication with a concentration in Media Communication. She is also a former UST student and a current UST peer liaison. She is from Baltimore, MD, and in her free time loves to create art and cook. Additionally, she enjoys binge-watching TV shows on Netflix. “Most recently I watched the series ‘YOU’ and loved it!”

Describe your process for choosing your current major/majors of interest. Were there any resources you utilized to help you?

When I first came to college I was sure that I wanted to be a marketing major. Quickly as I started to learn more about business classes I noticed that they were very math-heavy. It was then that I made the decision to move forward with communications, and I couldn’t be happier. This was all thanks to the help of Adrian McCleary, who guided me during my major selection.

What are you involved in outside of the classroom?

Outside of the classroom I am involved with UDress and Rent the Runway. I am very passionate about both of these organizations and love to talk about my experience with them. Additionally, I am a social media manager for a medical spa.

What advice do you have for new or prospective UST students?

Trust your gut and know when something feels right and something doesn’t. I think oftentimes when we first get to college we put too much pressure on ourselves to find the right major that will make us most “successful”. I think it’s important to know what your interests are and being open to change when it comes about.

All you need is…

All you need is...University Studies. A Spring 2020 welcome back even held by the UST peer liaisons. February 17th from 1-3:30 PM at Perkins Student Center Concourse. Come enjoy some back to school Valentine's Day treats and chat with UST Peer Liaisons!

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