When I first came to UWGB back in 2006, I was told by students, professors, and advisors that not having a Major in mind was okay. In fact it was a good thing. Why is that a good thing you say? Wouldn’t it be better to have a plan and know what you want to exactly do before you enter college? Well, it’s a fact that many students end up changing their minds once or twice anyways once they are in college. I’m not saying that having a plan is bad, because I’ve seen people have a dream in High School and stick with it through college. But, if you don’t have a clue, you are definitely not alone and a Major will find you. It is kind of weird how it works, but somehow something shows up and takes you in a path that you never thought you would go down.
This such thing happened to me. When I got to UWGB I was definitely undecided with a career in mind. I had no clue what direction to take, so I ended up taking General Education classes while I put some thought into it. General Education classes or (Gen. Eds.) are courses that you must take to graduate, but don’t fall under a certain Major or Minor. After my first semester, I felt that I needed to make a decision for a Major, so I decided to pursue an education in becoming an art teacher. I enjoyed art in High School and I consider myself creative, so it seemed like a good match. But this is not the end of my Major story!
I thought being an Art Major and an Education Minor was what I wanted to do, but I quickly found that it was not at all. My next big switch happened when one of my friends auditioned for a hosting position for Phlash TV, the campus television station. He told me the good news that he got the role for the show and that he had to go into the campus studio each Wednesday to film the show. One Wednesday he wanted me to tag along to see the show being filmed live from the studio and I said sure. I didn’t know what to expect, but seeing all the cameras, lights, and equipment in action really caught my attention. What was a short visit to watch my friend film his show, turned into attending every week for the rest of the semester. I quickly became more and more involved and eventually changed my Major to Communications with an Emphasis in Electronic Media. I now am the Station Manager for Phlash TV and oversee the day in and day out production or the organization. Who would have thought I would go from visitor to Station Manger in one year.
So, It’s okay if you don’t have the answers right now. It’s okay if you “don’t know what you want to be when you grow up”. But somehow, your pathway is going to find you and you’re going to be thrown into something that you didn’t even think about. And for those who have a plan, that’s a good thing too! Have an open mind with opportunities and everything will work out great. If anyone has any questions about choosing a Major, please post a comment and I will get back to you right away. And keep a look about for more MAJOR TALK!