Exploratory Peer Ambassadors and Leaders

Julia Klipp

Julia Klipp

Major: Exploratory Minor: Counseling

How did you choose your major? If you are still Exploratory, how are you working on choosing a major and what choices are you considering?

When I first started my major search, I utilized many online resources (such as the WYCDWAMI, etc) to get a general overview of numerous fields that sounded like I would be interested in learning more about. Now, I typically conduct more person-to-person research through participating in clubs, and asking adults in the work force with jobs that are interesting to me what they decided to study while in college. At this point, I have found a cluster of about five or so minors that look really fun to me, so I’m considering becoming a Planned Studies major and creating my own academic path utilizing those minors as a guide.

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

Meeting with Elizabeth! She’s one of the reasons that I chose to attend Ithaca and I love having her as my current advisor. I can send her an email asking to meet because I’m confused about something, and by the time that we’re done having our conversation, I feel prepared enough to educate others on what I’ve learned. She’s also exceptionally welcoming and funny and just what I need when I’m feeling overwhelmed about schedule prep, etc.

What do you like most about the Exploratory program?

The Exploring the Options course! I learned so many valuable things about creating a four year plan, conducting staff interviews about potential majors, and the ICC. This course really gave me a sense of direction during my first semester, and I also liked that it wasn’t just about finding a major, but about finding a deeper purpose in higher education. Having discussions with other students about why we had chosen to attend college in the first place was a very enlightening and focusing activity.

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

If your resource isn’t giving you what you need, don’t hesitate to go to another one! Ithaca has so many great resources on campus that are included in our cost of attendance, so to not utilize them to their fullest potential is an actual loss on your investment!

What extracurricular activities are you involved with on campus?

Model United Nations

History Club

Community Council (President for East Tower, hoping to do it again next year for my new Res Hall)