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  • 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.
  • Because of the support I received from my academic advisor and the many opportunities provided by the program’s required Career Exploration Seminar class, I was exposed to areas of study I would have never even heard of otherwise.
  • The University Exploration program has had a huge impact on my life and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to be in the program.
  • The program encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things.
  • I then had the opportunity to talk with my advisor ... It was a two way conversation in which I felt my opinion mattered.
  • The career counseling I received while in the program was invaluable.
  • Kieren Acosta

    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.

  • Kelsey Dudarchik

    Although I had my heart set on RIT years before I arrived here, I still had no idea what I wanted to do when it came time to pick a major. Thankfully, I had attended RIT’s summer “Colleges & Careers” event and learned about the University Exploration program. After applying to the program I attended an Accepted Student Open House and after seeing the panel of former University Exploration students and hearing their success stories I quickly realized that University Exploration was the right path for me.

    As an incoming freshman, my interests were all over the board – possible majors ranged from Journalism to Crafts to Business Management. However, because of the support I received from my academic adviser and the many opportunities provided by the program’s required Career Exploration Seminar class, I was exposed to areas of study I would have never even heard of otherwise. This is how I found out about Management Information Systems (MIS), a major that combines technology and business, and it turned out to be a perfect match for me! I officially declared MIS in the spring of my freshman year, and have loved it ever since. I am so thankful for the University Exploration program, as it not only allowed me to try out classes in order to figure out what I liked (and what I didn't), but it also provided me with numerous resources that helped me find the optimal major for both my personality and my future.

  • Jared Simonelli

    When I began my college search I had no idea what I wanted to do.  I took many engineering and programming courses in high school so I knew that I wanted to do something tech related.  When I selected RIT I chose to be in the University Exploration program because I was undecided between engineering and computer science.  While in University Exploration I was able to experience engineering classes along with computer science classes.  I found programming at RIT to be challenging but also surprisingly fun.  I have a passion for video games and discovered that game design and development was a good fit for me because it combined programming with video games.  At the end of my freshmen year I was accepted into the School of Interactive Games and Media and became a game design and development major. 

    University Exploration helped me walk through the process of choosing a major that would best suit me.  My academic advisor answered my questions and assisted me with class selections.  In the end, I picked a major that I love and I know I made the right decision.  Along with being a game design and development student, I am an athlete on the RIT Track and Field team;  because my passions are gaming and running I couldn't be happier with my experience at RIT.  University Exploration has had a huge impact on my life and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to be in the program.

  • Emily LaRose-Vicedomine

    My journey through the University Exploration program was one of the greatest experiences of my life. When I first arrived at RIT, I had no clue what I wanted to do. I had just returned from a wonderful backpacking adventure across Europe and it was a bit nerve racking being back in America again, let alone starting college! University Exploration worked for me because the program gave me time to explore! The advisors are fantastic, and the program encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. My curiosity for gismos and gadgets led me to Mechanical Engineering. ‘ME’ seemed like the perfect fit for me and I couldn’t be happier to be a “MECE.” Even though I have moved on with my studies, I will never forget the many wonderful memories and friends I made in University Exploration.

  • Devann Lowe

    I remember my mom recommending that I check out University Exploration at RIT. After I did just that, I applied.  Surprisingly, in June of my senior year in high school I received a call from my new academic advisor in the University Exploration program. During our phone conversation I was asked about myself and my interests. After we spoke, my advisor acknowledged that University Exploration would be the most beneficial option for me as I explored the many major options at RIT.   I then had the opportunity to talk with my advisor again before the start of the new school year, but this time it was in person because I’m from the Rochester area.  We sat down to discuss which classes I should take for the fall based on my interests, abilities, and general education requirements.  It was a two way conversation in which I felt my opinion mattered.  I realized that my advisor saw my potential and advocated for me gladly when creating my first schedule as a freshman student.

    Throughout my journey as an “undeclared” student in University Exploration, I began to see how helpful and understanding all the advisors are within this program.  They guide students through the major exploration process and assist them as they decipher what they do and don’t like academically. With this assistance, I chose Psychology for my major toward the end of my first semester at RIT.  My advisor commended me for my choice and knew I would excel.  I love the major that I chose and I couldn’t be happier.

  • Alex Walters

    As a freshman student I struggled for a year in my first major and my grades began to suffer. I was referred to the College Restoration Program (CRP) to help me improve academically. While I was in CRP I found and applied to the University Exploration program to help me find a new major. In University Exploration I was able to take classes in all sorts of fields that interested me, from business to hospitality, to mechanical engineering technology. University Exploration really helped me find out who I am and what I’m good at. The career counseling I received while in the program was invaluable. It all led me to my major - mechanical engineering technology.

    I love what I do in my major because it’s challenging and innovative and I get to see the end product. The mechanical engineering technology program opened up an opportunity for me to co-op at General Motors. There, I found a love for the automotive industry. I have been working at GM for over a year now and I have received multiple job offers.  I am happy to say that I will be graduating on time, along with other students who started in that major from the beginning of their college careers and I will be accepting a job at Tesla Motors. I wouldn’t have had all these amazing opportunities if I hadn’t found out about myself and the mechanical engineering technology major while in University Exploration .

Students

  • Kieren Acosta
    Biomedical Sciences
    Kelsey Dudarchik
    Management Information Systems
    Jared Simonelli
    Game Design and Development
  • Emily LaRose-Vicedomine
    Mechanical Engineering
    Devann Lowe
    Psychology
    Alex Walters
    Mechanical Engineering Technology