Instagram backdrops, swag welcome students to departments
The week of Mar. 8 marks the start of a new Rollins event, March Major Madness, which celebrates the sophomore milestone of declaring a major.
In previous years, the second semester of sophomore year was a rite of passage in which Rollins students were expected to declare their major. This year, however, the declaration of a major has become a week-long milestone event.
The event is a co-department collaboration between the Office of the Dean of Faculty and the Office of the Registrar, and it encourages students to celebrate their decision after a year in which milestones were largely cancelled.
“…[W]e’re hoping that we’ll also highlight opportunities that students have to explore majors, like taking classes with professors, talking to department chairs, going to the Center for Career and Life Planning,” said Tiffany Griffin, director of Undergraduate Academic Advising Support Services.
After declaring their major via Foxlink, students will be welcomed to their major via a letter from their department. In addition, each department has created their own Instagram backdrop, and students are encouraged to take pictures of themselves and post them to social media, declaring their major and tagging #RollinsMajorMadness.
Another way students can celebrate the week is by picking up free themed swag from Mar. 9-11 on Mills Lawn. Virtual students who declare their major department will be able to pick up a goodie bag if they return to campus in Fall 2021. Students who are participating in the semester via distance learning are encouraged to celebrate March Major Madness from home.
“There’s nothing to say you can’t come up with a fun Instagram location on your own wherever you are at your home,” said Griffin.
Both in person and virtual students can partake in virtual events within their department. Departments who have announced virtual welcoming events include anthropology, critical media and culture studies, psychology, and theater arts and dance.
Alex Heist (‘22) took over a year of exploring courses at Rollins to finally settle on her chosen major of pre-engineering.
“I am thankful for a celebration of our milestone, but I also understand that at a liberal arts school, changing one’s major or plan is inevitable and cannot always be confined to a singular day,” said Heist.
If you have any questions when declaring your major, please contact the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding how your department will be partaking in March Major Madness, click here.