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Exploring major allows students to examine career paths

With over 50 academic majors to choose from at Wartburg College some students have a hard time deciding what area of study they would like to pursue.

For students who don’t know what they want to study they can do something called an exploring major, Vicki Edelnant Pathways Center director said.

Nationally about 70 percent of college students change their major at least once, Edelnant said.

If students took the time to look at a major and all the classes you would have to take and what you could do with said major, than that number wouldn’t be 70 percent, she said.

“Most people to some degree are exploring majors,” Edelnant said.

Classes are one way to explore what you want to do and the good thing is that some classes you take can meet certain Wartburg requirements, Edelnant said.

Other ways include the many clubs that Wartburg has to offer, internships, job shadowing and talking with Pathways about what you are interested in, she said.

With the incoming freshman Edelnant said that sometimes students just expect to know [their major] at a certain point.

“It’s kind of like a light switch and I don’t think it’s like that.  It is more searching,” said Edelnant.

Most people don’t like feeling uncertain but in a way it is sometimes a good thing because it gives them the opportunity to try new and different things, Edelnant said.

Jordan Sabus, a freshman, at is currently an exploring major.

“I was originally pre-med but I didn’t like the science program as much as I thought I would and I really didn’t know what else I wanted to do so I decided to explore,” Sabus said.

With the general education requirements he has to take, Sabus said it is helping him decide what he wants to do along with other classes that he gets to choose and see if he likes them.

“Realizing that gen-eds are the important part of being here and those are the things that everyone needs,” Edelnant said.

With having what Wartburg calls “lifelong learners” it helps you later in life, Edelnant said.

Employers look for good communication skills, ability to work in a team, critical thinking, problem solving, ability to find information and evaluate, Edelnant said.

“Those are the things you learn in gen-ed classes,” she said.

Think of it as a positive thing and just look at your options, Edelnant said.

Sabus said that people shouldn’t force themselves into a major because then you are just wasting time and money and you should look at all of your options.

By taking the time to explore  different majors and what you want you can do with those majors it will only benefit you, Sabus said .

“I encourage students to come in and talk with us [Pathways] because the biggest challenge is getting students to come in.  Use the resources you’re paying for,” Edelnant said.

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