Shine.FM Momcast #13: Helping our Kids Figure Out College

Today on the Shine.FM Momcast, we hear from Dr. Amber Residori.  She’s the Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences at Olivet Nazarene University.  We discuss what do we do as parents when our kids want to go to college but haven’t decided on a major.  Can they still go, what resources should a university have to help our kids in figuring out what degree they want to get?  Amber discusses some great resources to help you and your child.

To Receive the Parent Guide that Includes:

·         Questions You Can Ask on College Visits

·         A Guide to Understanding Financial Aid

·         A To Do List for Your Senior Year of High School

Contact Olivet at:   à   Please add “Podcast” to the subject line of your email

To Reach Out and Ask Any Follow-Up Questions:

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To Visit Olivet:  à  Schedule a Visit  à   Start Customizing Your Visit


To Access the Homework Referenced on the Podcast:

·  à  Academics  à  Find My Interest

o   Explore the 120 areas of study and likely identify 7-10 majors you might be personally interested in pursuing


à   Degree Requirements

o   Pull up the Degree Requirements page for the 7-10 majors you are considering

o   Consider the courses listed on the Degree Requirements page for each of the 7-10 majors (if there are several courses you would not enjoy in a major, you might not enjoy that career)

o   Consider the number of credits this major will require + the general education credits, compared to the university total credits to graduate. This formula allows you to consider how long you can remain undecided before declaring this specific major.

§  For example: Major 52 credits + Gen Ed 50 credits = 102 credits and total credits to graduate is 128 (This means you have some time to consider this major OR possibly double major OR get a minor)

o   Examining the Degree Requirements pages will likely reduce your list from 7-10 to 3-5 potential majors


à   Catalog

o   You can use the University Catalog to read a brief description of each course listed in a major. This can help you have a better sense of whether you might enjoy the courses and major overall.


à   Enter Your Potential Major in the Search Bar

o   This government website offers detailed information on hundreds of occupations (e.g., typical job duties, required education, median pay)

·         Job Shadowing

o   Contact someone who has a job in your areas of interest. Talk to that person about the job. Consider a day or two of job shadowing, if appropriate