Exploratory Peer Ambassadors and Leaders

Katja Krieger

Katja Krieger

Major: Culture and Communication

How did you choose your major?

Freshman year I was encouraged to take risks through classes I never would have considered taking. Somehow I ended up in an Education, Culture and Society theory class. After that class, I talked with my advisor who encouraged me to look into majors that included education and analysis courses. From there, I looked into the Culture and Communication major as a way for me to have a concentration in education through a communications platform.

What was your favorite resource to use when you were an Exploratory student?

My favorite resource as an exploratory student was actually the encouragement to seek advice from others. One way was through meeting with my advisor and gaining his advice on courses and how to best manage my time here at IC. Another way was through interviewing someone whose career I admired and their path through undergraduate programs. Both experiences helped me to reflect on the courses I was taking and how my interests could help shape my potential major.

What do you like most about the Exploratory program?

My favorite thing about the Exploratory program is the immense amount of support. It can feel pretty scary feeling like you don't have a major when others around you do. The professors, advisors and students in the Exploratory Program are very understanding of this process and are willing to act as supportive resources.

What is your biggest piece of advice to other Exploratory students?

Try to be your own advocate! Email professors, advisors or friends to gain more information and advice on how to find your major.

What extracurricular activities are you involved with on campus?

I am president of The Drop Knowledge Project Ithaca -a student driven research and activist club on campus.

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