The Undergraduate Experience at Ball State University – Student Perspective

Authors: Daniel Kern*, Ball State University
Topics: Higher Education
Keywords: Ball State, Undergraduate, Student
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Ball State University is located in central Indiana, in the city of Muncie. It has roughly 16,000 undergraduate students, and approximately 120 of these students are geography majors. There are 14 faculty members across the four geography major and minor concentrations of Human Geography, GIS, Travel and Tourism, and Meteorology and Climatology. I am majoring in both GIS and Human Geography, and minoring in Environmental Management and Music Performance. I began at Ball State as a Music Education major but changed course my junior year. Over the course of 2 hectic years, I became the president of GTU (geography honor society) at Ball State, geography representative for the dean’s advisory council, I engaged in a European field study, began the Youthmappers chapter at Ball State, participated in the Indiana Geographic Information Council’s mentorship program, and I am now a 5th year senior graduating in May. I will share some of my experiences across these topics. I am interested in learning how other university programs have been run, and what experiences other universities may offer a student. I hope that these presentations provide an opportunity to share different perspectives on the undergraduate experience in geography, and inspire positive changes for all faculty and students in attendance.

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