Tips for success within your major and college: "If I can offer any advice for incoming freshman, it would be that one of your greatest assets throughout your time at UNT will be the people around you. Be that professors, advisors, teaching assistants, tutors, supplemental instruction leaders, clubs, or your peers. Be open to meeting new people because you never know where those connections will lead you. The best way to meet new people is to show up as much as possible. This semester our events might be in different formats rather than in person. I would still encourage you to go to a few, even if they are virtual. Try to meet as many people as you can. Speaking from experience, finding a group of friends in your major can really make your experience here at UNT that much better. Having a group of friends who are taking similar classes and going through what you are going through is a great support."
What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "If I could talk to myself as a freshman I'd tell her it's okay to be uncertain about what she wants to major in. In my first couple of years in college I had considered a handful of majors, surprisingly none of which were geography. I've always had a strong interest in topics dealing with environmental and social issues, history, politics, culture, conservation, preservation, and archeology. Due to my uncertainty I stuck to my core classes with a few electives in areas I was interested in. Once I transferred from a community college, in my first semester at UNT, I was sure I was going to major in anthropology.
"However, this all changed when by chance, I took a geography course as an elective for the anthropology degree plan. In that one course I saw many of my interests overlap in ways I hadn't thought possible in just one major. After taking that one class I was instantly hooked and made the switch to geography. Point is, it is okay to not have it all figured out in the beginning. Some of us know exactly what we want and others it takes some time to figure it out. If you are unsure about a major as a freshman maybe stick to basic classes at first. Check out clubs and attend events held by different departments you are interested in. You could even reach out to other ambassadors for departments you are interested in. Just know it's okay to be unsure at first, one way or another you will end up where you are meant to be."
A campus office or service I recommend: "As freshman I would recommend that you get to know the geography department faculty. Geography as a major is super diverse and there is something for everyone. Find out which faculty specialize in your area of interest and don't be afraid to reach out to them or attend their office hours. On the department webpage under the people tab you can read a little bit about the people that make up our awesome department."
Career goals: "With geography I found I could pursue my love for the outdoors and the natural world, as well as my interests in people and places, history, and archeology. In the past couple of years, I have visited some amazing National Parks and have come to realize, that one day I might like to work in the National Parks System or within a state parks system in some capacity. My ideal career would be one where I can reach people and teach them about protected natural and cultural resources, while creating meaningful and memorable experiences for others. I also have an interest in higher education, and I am considering what both of these careers would entail. Whether I will end up in a park or in a classroom in the future, I'm still trying to decide."
Hobbies: "I love the outdoors and enjoy camping, hiking, and kayaking. As I mentioned previously, I'm also very interested in archeology. I'm part of the North Texas Archeological Society and have participated in three field schools put on by the state society TAS."
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