Exploratory Peer Ambassadors and Leaders

Hayley Kretchmer

Hayley Kretchmer

Hayley Kretchmer Major: Communication Studies Minor: Sociology

How did you choose your major?

When reviewing class descriptions during my freshman orientation, I focused on choosing classes that simply sounded interesting me. I took a wide variety of courses and wound up really enjoying a few particular ones. When it was time to register for second semester classes, I realized that the courses I was drawn to were ones within the Communication Studies major. I then spoke with the head of the department, who helped me to solidify my decision to pursue this major!

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

My favorite resource was definitely Exploring the Options, which was an extremely valuable class I took as I searched for a major. I learned a lot about myself and my passions through the homework assignments and discussions in that class. I doubt that I would currently have a major in mind if it weren’t for that particular course.

What do you like most about the Exploratory program?

I really like how the Exploratory program celebrates the process of exploration and discovery! I felt no shame in identifying as an Exploratory student. The priority class registration is great because it truly allows for class exploration without the barrier of potentially not getting into the course you want to try out. I also like the concept of Exploratory Peer Leaders and Ambassadors; it is nice to talk with people who have been through the same process as you!

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

Being Exploratory is okay. You are not alone! Exploratory Peer Leaders, Exploratory Peer Ambassadors, advisors, professors, department chairs, and so many more people are all here to help you find a major that suits you best! If you fully utilize the many resources that the Exploratory program offers, you are bound to discover the perfect major for you.

What extracurricular activities are you involved with on campus?

I am an active member of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, IC HEARD, and IC Books Thru Bars! I have made some really great friends in these clubs, and have bonded with many people simply over the fact that we were all Exploratory students at one point! Meeting new people through extracurricular activities can naturally lead to learning about a variety of majors offered at IC, and what they entail.