College of Arts & Science & University Studies
How Tom Found His Major
(In this video Tom Pyden (Senior, Geology major) tells the story of how he found his major at Miami.)
"I come from New Jersey and I came to Miami not knowing a single person. And I thought that when I'd come in here ... I chose pre-med as my major because I thought I wanted to be a doctor. My mom wanted me to be a doctor. My sister is in med school right now, so ... it just wasn't for me, and I was just not prepared for it.
So I spent a lot of my time, first two years of college, switching from major to major. I switched around to about four different majors (four or five different majors). And finally I just said, you know, I'm going to go undecided, which I should have done right when I came in. And I thought I needed to have a major when I came into school. I thought I needed to pick one out. I didn't realize that I had other options beforehand.
So I decided to go to the [Exploring] Majors Fair that they offered at Shriver. And I went in there. And I talked to a friend beforehand, and they said, "Well, you like the outdoors. You like rocks. Why don't you try geology?" So I went into the Majors Fair. I went straight to the geology table. And I sat down with one of the professors here, and he spoke about all of the research that he's done: the summer research that he does out West and how there are so many opportunities to just go around the world and to see a lot of different stuff. There are trips to the Caribbean to do research on the beaches down there and coral. He really sold it to me. Just knowing that I had the opportunity to do all these different things with something in the sciences, which I already liked."