Whether you're a freshman and simply new to UMass, or you recently switched into a new academic department, chances are that you will be required to attend a new majors meeting. This past fall, I attended the new majors meeting for the marketing department after switching from hospitality and tourism management. Although mandatory, new majors meetings can be incredibly informative for understanding what resources and opportunities are available to you in your department.
It is helpful to come to the new majors meeting prepared with any questions you have about the program. Professors from the department will be there so that you have the chance to hear what courses they offer and what subjects you have the ability to learn about. You will also get to learn about the specific requirements for your major, which I can't stress enough how important it is to familiarize yourself with as early as possible. You definitely can't pick classes without your degree's checklist on hand!
While it may sound like a boring event you're forced to attend, the UMass departments really try to make the new majors meetings as worthwhile and fun as they can. One thing in particular that makes the marketing new majors meeting special is the tradition of signing your name into the book of all UMass marketing students, past and present. The marketing department head, Professor Bruce Weinberg, jokes that they keep this record in case and in hopes of an Isenberg marketing student "making it big" in the industry. If so, they'll have your valuable signature!