- Recreational Therapy with minors in Counseling & Youth Development
I started out my first semester at IU as a Biology major with the goal of becoming a dentist. I was in a lot of science courses and found that I was not passionate about them at all. I was having a difficult time adapting to college in general and I noticed that my grades started to slip. I wanted to be a dentist for so long, so it was really hard when I started doubting my major and my future goals. Fortunately, I had my UD advisor to turn to. She showed me resources that I could use to explore other majors and careers and she introduced me to the Career Development Center. After reading through some of the resources online, I came across a major that really spoke to me - Recreational Therapy. I met with my advisor again and she helped me start thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in my next four years of college. She helped me map out a four-year plan and she showed me how to check on my degree progress and requirements. I am extremely happy that I started at IU as a University Division student because I was given the chance to truly explore my options before committing to a major. My biggest piece of advice to incoming students is to not stress about being indecisive. Being a UD student gives you the time to explore your values and passions and it really give you a chance to discover all of the possibilities!