My FUNdeclared Journey at Northeastern

Kaylea Dohm, Business Administration, DMSB ’22 //

When I began my journey at Northeastern University, I was undeclared. I had no idea which area of study I wanted to pursue. I felt confused and lost. That’s when I found my home within the Explore Program. The Explore Program at Northeastern University is a program specifically designed for undeclared students. It allows you to explore your interests and take classes across all colleges. In my first semester of freshman year, I took classes in majors as far and wide as Communication Studies, Business, Psychology, and International Affairs. This opportunity was so helpful for me because I got to try a variety of classes that were not offered at my high school. In that semester, I realized how much I enjoyed Business. In the following semester, I took accounting, marketing and international business classes to further explore my interests. I absolutely loved my accounting class. I was fascinated by financial statements and the complexity of financial reporting. I couldn’t wait to learn more. By the end of my freshman year, I had declared a business administration major with a concentration in accounting. 

I owe much of my success to the Explore Program. In high school, I was caught in the continuous loop of taking math, science, history and english over and over. I never had the chance to take more niche classes. Therefore, when it came to declaring a major, I was lost. The Explore Program gave me the opportunity to test out all of my interests in the classroom. Additionally, the program provided advising and networking opportunities. For example, at the Meet the Majors Fair, I was able to talk to students and faculty in majors that interested me. I also attended many major-specific student panels where I was able to hear about student experiences and have my questions answered. Overall, the Explore Program provided me with the resources I needed to explore my interests and confidently declare my major. 

Currently,  I am in my third year at Northeastern and I am preparing to go on my second co-op at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Internal Audit Intern. I am also applying to graduate school with intentions of earning a Master’s of Science degree in Accounting and a CPA. I am very excited about the future and I am so thankful that the Explore Program set me on this path. If I could offer one piece of advice to those who are undeclared, it would be to take a deep breath and trust the process. 

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