Andrew was accepted to the School of Undergraduate Studies instead of his first choice, architecture. After a tough first semester, Andrew worked with his advisor in the Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling to pull up his grades and explore his interests. Now, he is graduating on time with a degree in government and plans to attend law school this fall.
“[The School of Undergraduate Studies] gave me the time to actually find a major that fit what I wanted to, instead of coming into UT as a certain major, going through that curriculum and realizing, I don’t really like this.”
Finding a Major
Coming to UT was probably the best decision I could have made—I could have stayed home. Another blessing that I didn’t know at the time was that I did get into the School of Undergraduate Studies. It gave me the time to actually find a major that fit what I wanted to, instead of coming into UT as a certain major, going through that curriculum and realizing, I don’t really like this. Instead, I took a more broad curriculum my first two semesters and kind of realized, ok, I like this, I don’t like that. Especially in my first semester, I realized I really didn’t like math, so architecture [my first choice major] would have been horrible.
I looked at a lot of majors—geology, kinesiology—man, there were like five or six, but I realized that I wanted to go to law school eventually. I asked Rose about it, and she said, ok, you could do government or you could do something else. But I really thought government was the way to go for me—and a business minor (through the Business Foundations Program).
Road Bumps and Strategic Advising Support
I had originally applied to be in architecture, but I didn’t get accepted, and [admissions] put me in the Sch