Last Thursday, the Black and Gold Ballrooms of Buntrock Commons were buzzing with students from the Class of 2020. The sophomore class meandered around the perimeter of the rooms, chatting with faculty members from each of the St. Olaf College academic departments. A line stretched half-way across the ballrooms as people waited for a chance to pose for a photo with their classmates. The remaining students hovered over round tables filling in a blank line below the words “I Declare.” It’s major declaration day!
The event, co-hosted by the Academic Support and Advising and the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, was a celebration for students declaring their major course of study for the remainder of their time at St. Olaf. Some signs were simple and had a clear direction, while others could have used two more signs to accurately depict their studies.
The Piper Center offered photographers to take headshots for students’ LinkedIn profiles. Some departments even offered small rewards — the Philosophy Department table was covered in buttons with likenesses of famous thinkers from antiquity, while the Biology Department table sported temporary tattoos that say “I heart Biology,” with the word “heart” depicting an actual human heart.