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Carleton is hosting a big declaration party for the Class of 2026 – The Carletonian

Vaseline 2 months ago

Members of Carleton’s class of 2026 officially declared their major during the first week of Spring Term. The declaration process involved completing a simple form with a drop-down list of the college’s departments. This week, students had the opportunity to celebrate the milestone with a major declaration event hosted by the university. On Thursday, April 18, second-year students are invited to the Great Hall to pick up department pins and candy and take photos with their peers.

The event has traditionally been a great way to recognize achievement and get to know other students. In recent years, STEM majors have represented the vast majority of declarations. Last year, 60% of juniors and seniors studied STEM fields. The most popular fields of study were, in order: computer science, biology, political science/international relations, economics, chemistry, mathematics and psychology.

Of the newly appointed second-year students, 68 declared computer science, 50 declared biology, 46 declared psychology, 44 declared economics, 40 declared physics and 36 declared political science/international relations. This is the fourth year in a row that computer science is the most chosen field of study.

Sophomore Perri Thompson, who is proudly part of the wave of STEM majors, said she “heard (the) biology major was getting bigger this year. I spoke to someone who was in a COVID-19 class with only about 40 majors, but I think we might need to get double that this year! I think that’s very promising for the department, and I’m super excited!” Adriana Wiggins ’26, a statistics major, found finally declaring “a huge relief!” and she hopes that being an official member of the department will help her further explore her academic and pre-professional interests.

Miah Francis ’26, a recently declared double major in studio art and sociology/anthropology, noted the difficulty of choosing two majors at such an academically intensive school. After starting the double major, she wished “Carleton had more resources to encourage double majors given the population of students with multidisciplinary interests and talents. It often feels like there is a fear that by giving students easier access to this path, it will be abused by those who feel pressured to double major just for appearances.” But she feels that concern is completely out of touch with the double majors she knows, including herself. She chose to double major “always because of passions that students refuse to sacrifice for an easier path.”

The event was organized by second-year student ambassadors Thea Comas and Ronnie Ross. Comas was excited to play a role in the creation of the event. She noted – and said what many sophomores, including myself, were thinking – that “declaring a major is one of the most anticipated milestones in your college career, but when the time comes, it’s just a matter of clicking a button on the Hub. No confetti or anything.” So when she and Ross started their plans, their “goal was to make this milestone a little more fun for everyone by hosting a party where sophomores could pick up their big and small pins, take pictures with friends, and bring some candy.” . the route.”

Coordinating logistics with all departments was difficult, and the pair “contacted departments over the past few months to confirm the pin designs and then create the pins – some were sent to be made by printing services, but many were made by your own student ambassadors!” Comas and Ross said they “hope other sophomores are as excited as we are to represent our majors with the inaugural collection of the pins during the celebration!”

After the students have received their coveted buttons, further festivities are left to the individual departments. Departments will be organizing events such as ice cream drinks and lunches in the coming weeks, and often offer free merchandise. Similarly, the small declaration is made through a different form sometime between the end of a student’s sixth semester and the beginning of the tenth semester.