By Eliza de la Flor
Students, employees and volunteers participated in LBCC’s first Major Declaration Days and many described the event as “interesting,” “important” and “a success.”
The free event allowed students the chance to learn about an array of majors at once and to declare or change majors.
Various academic departments were represented, as well as areas like Admissions, Financial Aid and Disabled Students Programs and Services.
The event spanned two days, with the PCC hosting on Tuesday, Oct. 27, by the MM Lawn area, and the LAC on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Front Quad, both from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Every booth had a form available for students interested in declaring or changing their major.
At the PCC, Rodney Duncan, 20, and Jennifer Morales, 18, decided to declare business as their major after encouragement from Nick Carbonaro, an assistant professor of business administration.
Duncan said he had an idea that business might be his major due to his interest in business and economics before the event, and “After talking to Nick and hearing more about it, I’m confident.
“Today worked out really well for me. I think it’s really good that LBCC is doing this. I think it will help a lot of people.”
Carbonaro, also an LBCC alumnus who served as a President’s Ambassador at the college, came to host the Business Department tent after he taught class in the morning. He spoke of LBCC and the event with evident pride, calling the college “my home.”
He said he wanted to make students aware of the many prospects that could be achieved with a business major and dispel some of the myths.
“A lot of people just think it’s accounting, but it actually covers a wide range of opportunities.”
Communications major Jamie Martinez, 23, attended for information on changing her major and transferring. She discussed transfer degrees at the communication studies tent with assistant professor Doug Raphael. Martinez said, “I want to go into counseling” and is pursuing a career in psychology and substance-abuse counseling.
Raphael said the students he talked to during the event were “definitely interested in learning more about their career options for different majors.”
He expressed support for Major Declaration Day, saying, “This is a great event. It’s a good opportunity for students to gather information about many different majors at one time.”
Even students who were certain of their majors found the event had help to offer them.
Manuel Ayala, 29, a business major, said he noticed the event as he left his political science class and was curious.
He found what he needed at the Financial Aid tent and got information on eligibility and cut-off points for assistance.
Ayala appreciated the guidance he received from adviser Susana Duran, saying, “Easy as it is to look online, this has that personal touch.”
Counselor Donna LeDuff said the day was “An opportunity for students who don’t ordinarily take advantage of resources on campus.”
The college requires students to declare a major in order to graduate or transfer, as well as to streamline their academic experience.