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College programs spotlighted at WSU Major Fest

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High school and some Weber State University students check out various majors Wednesday at the Major Fest in the Shepherd Union. (Lichelle Jenkins/ The Signpost)

Booths invaded the Shepherd Union Wednesday as excited students and faculty displayed the best Weber State University has to offer.

As a part of WSU’s Wildcat Welcome, high school and college students explored different majors in the Major Fest, which was held in the Shepherd Union ballrooms. Information flowed freely as students learned about the degree opportunities that are available to those who study at Weber.

Colleges across Weber State participated in the fest, spotlighting majors available in their programs. For example, the College of Science presented opportunities available to students majoring in botany, chemistry, mathematics and physics, along with four other majors available.

WSU freshman Joshua Carlile, a physics major who helped out at the physics booth, was happy to share his love of science with fellow students.

“Physics excites me,” Carlile said. “Of all the possibilities that it holds, a simple thing such as dropping a feather has so many dynamics to it.”

Carlile used his enthusiasm to show the possibilities a physics major has to offer with plenty of demonstrations on hand at the booth to impress undecided students.

Carlile counseled prospective and current students to research their chosen field before they commit to a major.

“Don’t just jump headfirst into something,” Carlile said. “Actually take time. Think about what you’re going to do.”

While the fest was aimed at high school students contemplating an academic career at Weber, not all students attending came straight from high school. Some currently attend Weber State but wanted information on the many majors offered.

Freshman Joseph Boone is one such student. Boone has attended WSU for two semesters as he completed general education requirements without committing to a major.

“I need to find a major,” Boone admitted, adding that the Major Fest seemed like a good place to start.

Boone said he was interested in the physics booth, though he said he didn’t want to make that his career. He was also drawn to the business booth.

“They just kind of told me a few different careers,” Boone said. “That kind of sums it up.”

Bonneville High School senior Katy Longfellow was impressed by the majors offered.

“I think the study of literature sounds awesome,” said Longfellow, who plans to attend WSU this fall and major in English.

Longfellow was impressed by the welcoming atmosphere of the Major Fest and said she felt like she fit in with the students instantly.

“I love it because I was kind of lost before I came here,” she said. “I like having it all in one place. It just makes an easy decision. You can see everything.”


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