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Time for Registration – Are you Prepared?

It’s that time of the semester again. A time when everyone on campus is running around asking their friends what classes they are taking next semester. A time when everyone is trying to pick the classes they need to graduate and the classes they need for their majors. But what do you do if you don’t have a major yet? Do you just take core classes until you figure it out? Do you take a bunch of classes to see what you enjoy? Do you talk to an academic counselor? Or what if you asked students themselves what they think of their major? After all what could be better then hearing the information from someone who is going through it? Well here is a time saver for you; nothing beats the real opinion of real students’ right in your hands!

Post has 92 undergraduate programs, ranging from sciences, to education, to arts, and even a program in film. Sophomore film major Dontae Hawkins, had many great things to say about his program. On top of saying that he enjoys the program very much, that the professors are always willing to help you, and that they are great at teaching their subject matter, Hawkins said that he would recommend this major to other students because it “gives you the skills necessary for a film career” and because “the professors are good references and a good network because they are very integrated into the field.” The only problem Hawkins had was that he wished that the program had more updated equipment. So if film and making movies is something you are very interesting in, it may be something to look at, but what if it’s not your thing?

Maybe you prefer a career in a more still version of film, such as photography. Michael Difilipo and Brittany Lee Dembowski are both sophomore photo majors with very similar view of the program. They both agree that the professors are good at teaching their subject matter but the program itself is difficult because every professor has a separate set of expectations and each class requires a lot of different work. They also both agree that the program may need some updating and both would like to see more digital photography classes. They also warn that there are extra fees that go along with many of the classes; this includes film and lab costs. So if you want a program with a little challenge and don’t mind paying a little extra then maybe photography is your calling.

Maybe you would rather be in a classroom, such as Gina Barsattee, a junior childhood education major. One part of her program that she was very happy with is her professors. “They are awesome, some are intense but they are all willing to help you, all are experienced in their fields, and they all want students to do well.” Barsattee highly recommends this program, “but be prepared for a lot of writing.” She also says that it is “important to get in as early as possible because there are a lot of requirements, full course loads, and seminars to do if you want to graduate on time.” So if you are a freshman this program is perfect for you to start in. Even if you are a sophomore, junior, or senior this is a great program to get into as long as you don’t mind spending a little extra time.

Maybe you want a more centralized and specific form of education. How about art education? Sophomore art education student Briana Nussbaum who would recommend her program to students “this program has everything needed in order to ensure a great education.” Nussbaum not only likes her program but thinks the professors are great as well. “The education courses I have taken in this program have been the most demanding classes I have ever taken. There is a reason why there is so much work for these courses; it is because there is so much material that is imperative for all aspiring teachers to have knowledge of. These professors teach not only what to teach, but how to teach and why it is important.” She also says that the professors are always there to help you when you need it. She also believes that the program prepares you well for the future. So if you enjoy art and teaching then this could be the perfect spot for you.

Ok, so education isn’t quite your thing but what about being a police officer, or even a federal agent. Juniors honor student and criminal justice major Mathew Brooks says that the program is “very intriguing and keeps you interested.” He also says that the “professors are the most honest people I know and understand what we are trying to accomplish and sacrifice and are trying to be a good resource…90% of professors fit the requirement for teaching, the other 10% spend time telling stories to keep their youthfulness.” Brooks spoke well of program but only wished that program had more internships for students. Overall Brooks thinks that the program is a “great program. Wouldn’t pick any other program over it.” So if you want to help the people and get on to the streets as an officer of the law Post has the program for you.

But what if you have more scientific aspirations? Shannon Hermansen, a senior forensic science major with a minor in chemistry, has these kinds of aspirations. Hermansen started by saying that “the course material itself is difficult, but make sure you have the right prerequisites for each course.” She also stated that some of the professors “have a wealth of knowledge but some need to retire, others are willing to give knowledge and want to tell you so much but it’s hard to comprehend it.”  Hermansen went on to say that a lot of the learning in the program is done with peers. Overall she thinks that the program is a good program. So if you don’t mind a bit of difficulty then this could be the right fit for you.

Or you could want to go into a more legal or political field, such as political science. In which case you may be taking classes with Dr. Amy Freedman, a political science professor who teaches courses on international relations and various subjects on Asia. Dr. Freedman started off by saying that she believes the political science program is “a great program, it helps students think about the world and the local world as well…it prepares students for law school, because it asks for writing, complex thinking, and critical analysis. The program also prepares students well for masters programs and is good at connecting students to internships.” The only thing Dr. Freedman warns about is that the program alone doesn’t quite prepare students for a PhD. She says that the quantitative skills necessary aren’t emphasized as much but can be taken and gained by taking classes in various other fields. Dr. Freedman does highly recommend the program because it “teaches students about the world around them.” So if you are interested in learning about the world, then this is program for you.

This is only a taste of what Post has to offer. There are still many, many different majors to choose from but no matter what you chose as you long as apply yourself you can definitely succeed.

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