drop ins

How I Met My Major: Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Major

By Christina Faulkner, G’16

I’m going to tell you an incredible story, the story of how I met my major. It was the year 2014 and I had tried biology, marketing, and sociology, but none seemed like the right fit. A career counselor encouraged me to consider the following three questions on my quest toward choosing a major:

interestsWhat interests me?

I considered this question and wrote down a list of my interests. It also helped to write down what I didn’t enjoy.

Looking at the list of majors on the coursecatalog.syr.edu website, I found many options that would complement my interests! Some of the majors that caught my eye were anthropology, citizenship & civic engagement, fashion design, graphic design, information management & technology, modern foreign language, public relations, and writing & rhetoric. I contemplated my options and considered the courses required of each major and whether they appealed to me.

I decided to explore a few different options by taking classes in different programs. I really enjoyed my modern Spanish art and leveraging emerging technologies classes, but not my communications and society class.

What am I good at?

Although I thought graphic design or fashion design would be interesting, I was never very good at drawing beyond stick figures and you need a portfolio to apply for those programs. I considered some of my other strengths like writing, speaking Spanish and technology and realized that anthropology, citizenship & civic engagement, information management & technology, modern foreign language, public relations, and writing & rhetoric majors could still be a good fit!

What are my goals and how does this major fit with them?

I had always imagined myself living in a big city after graduation and/or traveling around the world on occasion. I preferred to work for a nonprofit organization or small start-up company because of the culture and environment those types of organizations offer. I looked at the Placement Report to see what students in a few different majors have done after graduation and thought that some of the information management & technology and public relations grads were doing cool jobs related to my goals. Really, I had many options, but after a few semesters of experimenting with different classes in different majors, there was one that really stood out…it’s going to be legend-wait for it…dary!

Now, remember that everyone is different and although these questions are a great starting point, meeting with a career counselor can be helpful for generating ideas, sorting through the options, and finding resources to research different paths.


While you can discuss your major at any time, next week Career Services offers Major Dilemma Drop-Ins dedicated to students who are in the process of a choosing a major! Stop by Schine 235 Monday, March 24 through Thursday, March 27 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. to meet with a career counselor about YOUR major match!

Career Services and YOU: A Welcome Desk Perspective

By Carol Hornstein

Carol Hornstein

Carol Hornstein’s friendly face greets all visitors to the Career Services office in Schine 235. In this blog post, she offers her perspective on all that our office offers!

C   Career Services: first things first, don’t feel confused! We’re here to help you.

O   Online resources – our website has so much information! Click on each population for specific services such as undergraduate, graduate or alumni. Our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages all offer different types of information that can be accessed from our home page.

N   Notice that our office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. when classes are in session and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. during the summer. We’re open year-round, with the exception of a few holidays and the last week of December! You can have an hour-long appointment with a career counselor in person, over the phone or via Skype. No matter where you are in the world, you can reach us!

F   Fifteen-minute drop-ins happen Monday and Tuesday 12-2:30 p.m., Wednesday 3-5:30 p.m., and Thursday 2-4:30 p.m. when classes are in session. These are short sessions for quick questions. Consider drop-ins the launching pad for a longer appointment to discuss your resume and cover letter, or more. They take place on a first-come, first-served basis, and we always have two counselors available to meet with you.

U   Understand that your appointment with the career counselor can be just a chat to get things figured out and throw around some ideas OR it can be a strategic planning session where you learn how to equip yourself in order to execute your specific goals.

S   SUccessful strategies: landing that dream job often happens through networking, building a strong social media presence, thanking those who helped you (with a handwritten note!), researching your future employer, and doing informational interviews – in addition to having the proper credentials and documentation. We can help you to learn more about executing each of these strategies.

I   IT’S ABOUT YOU! We want to hear you talk about your dreams, passions, goals and desires. We want what is best for you and we will help you when you need us. We are here for you FOREVER, even if you graduated 30 years ago (or before or after then!).

N   Never think we can’t help you. Did you know that SU alumni love to help students and fellow alumni? You have so many ways to connect with resources that are just a phone call away: 315-443-3616.

G   Get started by calling us or visiting us in Schine 235. We are here to help you. Most of the people who come to our office don’t know what they want until we start asking them a few opening questions. Let us give you the tools you didn’t know you needed. Let’s change confusion to clarity!

The 5W’s of SU Career Services: What YOU Can Expect

Carol Hornstein's friendly face will greet you when you visit our office!

By Carol Hornstein



  1. Where? Schine Student Center, Suite 235. Please visit us early in your college career and often!
  2. What? We have a seating area in front of our welcome desk with a reference library, computer cluster, a variety of guides, magazines and pamphlets for you to take, as well as an exhaustive website.
  3. Who? Expect to be greeted by our friendly reception staff. We will always ask, “How can we help you today?”
  4. Why?The help we offer takes many different forms. Here’s why you should consider stopping in:
    • Critique of the following: Resume, cover letter, personal statement, CV, portfolio and LinkedIn profile.
    • Interviewing: Strategic preparation, coaching for commonly asked questions, mock interviews (calm those nerves with practice)!
    • Networking: How it’s done, social media presence, connecting with alumni thru ‘CuseConnect, relationship building, researching your future employer – since they will be researching you!
    • Career ExplorationConnecting to resources to help you with the next step after college and taking assessments to help you understand your personal strengths in relation to career options.
    • Job and Internship Searching and Applying: What are the latest techniques? What is OrangeLink? Learn about search engines and the online process of applying to jobs.
    • Major, Grad School, PhD, and Academic Advising:  Need help with deciding your major? Do you want to go to grad school? Why? Are you ready? Where should you apply? We can assist PhD students in the academic job search as well.
    • Events:  Career Fairs, SUccess in the City, Workshops, Panel Discussions, and Etiquette Dinners – visit OrangeLink for a list of upcoming events (access it through MySlice).
  5. When? We can HELP:
    1. Hour-long appointments: can be made with our career counseling staff. Call 315-443-3616, from 8:30-5:00pm. These appointments can take place in person or over the phone or even with Skype!
    2. Thirty minute appointments: can be made with internship coordinators and our alumni programs coordinator. These appointments can also be in person or over the phone or even with Skype!
    3. 15 Minute Drop-Ins: are offered daily (hours posted on our website) and available on a first-come-first-served basis where you can meet with a counselor for a 15-minute session.

We're recharging the batteries for 2012!

See you in 2012!

Just a quick post to say thank you to all of you for making “A Slice of Advice” such a SUccess since our launch in September!

Like you, we’re recharging our batteries and getting ready for an excellent semester ahead. Have any blog post ideas you’d like to see in 2012? Please share them below!

Not leaving campus during the break? Or planning to come back early? Reminder: while classes don’t resume until Tuesday, January 17th, our staff will be back in the office on Tuesday, January 3rd. You can make an appointment by stopping by the office in 235 Schine or by calling 315-443-3616.

Drop-in hours from Tuesday, January 3rd through Monday, January 16th are Mondays through Thursdays from 1:00 until 2:30 in the afternoon. You don’t need to make an appointment for drop-ins.

See you in 2012!