When I arrived at RIT in the fall of my freshman year I had no clear idea of what I wanted for a major. I was interested in biology and chemistry, but I was also interested in computer science; having taken a programming course in high school. I met with my advisor and we made a list of the areas of study I was interested in exploring. Together, we formed a schedule that allowed me to try out classes in computer science and the sciences. As the year went on, I came to realize that the programming classes I was taking were not nearly as important to me as my biology and chemistry courses. Keeping that in mind, I decided not to add computer science classes to my schedule the following term and continued to take the biology and chemistry sequences that are required in most of RIT’s science centered majors. During my final term with University Exploration, I interviewed the faculty department chairs for each major that interested me. I learned how those majors were structured and what I could expect if I joined them. I started to narrow down my choices to a major that focused primarily on biology and pathology. Eventually, I decided that Biomedical Sciences had the perfect combination of the required biology courses and engaging professional electives.
I feel like I was able to make a well informed decision to become a Biomedical Sciences major because I was able to take so many different courses instead of just choosing a major based on its description in a course catalog. Initially, I thought that starting in University Exploration would mean that I would not graduate on time, but in fact, I’m ahead by an entire semester and I’ve even had the chance to study abroad three times during my undergraduate career! Thanks to University Exploration, I learned what I truly enjoy studying and where my passions lie.