Speed Date a Major on Feb. 12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2018) ― Sometimes, things just don’t go according to plan.

Freshmen enter college, thinking they want to major in one subject, but soon hundreds of never-imagined options tempt them in a new academic direction. Or, perhaps, there are so many options, a young college student is simply confused.

The professionals at the University of Kentucky James W. Stuckert Career Center understand. They’ve seen it countless times, and they have devised a solution.

UK students are invited to “Speed Date a Major” from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in White Hall Classroom Building. College representatives will be on hand to meet with students curious to learn more about the academic opportunities available at UK. The event is free.

“Speed Date a Major” will introduce students to representatives from the colleges of Agriculture, Food, and Environment; Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; Communication and Information; Design; Education; Engineering; Fine Arts; Health Sciences; Public Health and Social Work, as well as the Stuckert Career Center and Education Abroad and Exchanges.

"Speed Date a Major" is part of an ongoing effort to support the “exploratory students,” explained Matthew Deffendall, of UK’s Stuckert Career Center.

In keeping with the “fair” theme, representatives from the colleges and other divisions will set up tables so that students can wander through and ask questions about majors in the representative’s college.

“If a student is trying to find their academic path at UK then this is the ideal event for them,” Deffendall said. “We will also have representatives from the Career Center present to answer questions and assist students with activating their Handshake accounts.”

Handshake is the Career Center’s online career services platform that connects students with employers for jobs or internships. Students already have an account they can access using their link blue ID and password at www.uky.edu/careercenter/handshake.

“UK is a big and dynamic campus with an assortment of academic programs and majors,” said Ray Clere, Stuckert Career Center director. “'Speed Date a Major' gives students an opportunity to meet with representatives from multiple colleges and career services offices in one location to ask questions and gather information about academic and career options available to them at UK. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about majors in-brief and to connect with advisors.” 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue