You want to go to college, but you’re not sure what to major in. That’s OK. You’re far from alone.
Many high school graduates are just like you – interested in pursuing a college education but undecided on a major. Here at Lakeland College, we’ll be right by your side while you discover your interests and explore potential careers. There’s no rush to make a decision on your major. We are committed to helping you choose your direction – at a pace you’re completely comfortable with.
“Some schools want you to have everything figured out at 17 or 18, in some cases before you’ve even set foot on campus,” says Joshua Kutney, Assistant Professor of Composition at Lakeland. “But at Lakeland, we know that’s not always the case. We support that important time of exploration that many students need.”
Experience various disciplines
During your first year at Lakeland, academic advisors like Kutney will be working closely with you to help you make a decision on a major. By the second year, students have a pretty good idea what they want to major in.
“But it’s not an ultimatum,” Kutney stresses. “By then, we’ve really connected with you and we’ve exposed you to different courses and ideas. We’re not going to twist your arm, but most students have decided by the beginning of their sophomore year what direction they’d like to go.”
While you’re figuring out which academic path you’d like to take, you’ll continue to strengthen your core competencies in areas such as communication, critical thinking and problem solving. That’s the foundation of our liberal arts approach to education, and it’s important to employers.
Name: Benjamin Duenas
Hometown: Shiocton, Wis.
Title: Graduate student, counseling
Grad School: Lakeland College
Some high school seniors know exactly what career path they want to take before they even choose a college. But some don’t.
“I did fairly well in high school, but other people in my class were so smart and knew exactly what they wanted to do,” recalls Ben. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Fortunately, all of the great teaching at Lakeland College helped me out so much.”
Ben entered Lakeland on the undecided track before eventually choosing criminal justice as his major and psychology as his minor. He’s currently a graduate student at Lakeland, and is about a year away from earning his master’s degree in counseling. He knows now that he wants to be a psychotherapist and help families.
Looking back on how he grew and found his direction through Lakeland’s undecided program, Ben says it was the perfect game plan for him. He also believes the liberal arts education he received has made him “much more well-rounded” than a lot of people he knows.
As for all the high school graduates out there who just aren’t sure what they want to do for a living, Ben says the undecided track is a great way to begin their college journey.
“Come in open-minded,” he says. “Don’t doubt yourself just because you don’t know. Have confidence. If you go to Lakeland, it’s all going to work out. The faculty, the professors, they will guide you. Come in with an open mind and be ready to work hard, and success will come to you.”
Undecided at Lakeland
The young man’s name is Adam, and his story is not uncommon. The first time he approached Kutney for guidance, during enrollment, Adam had no idea what academic path he wanted to travel down.
“He asked me if I could help him pick the easiest classes,” recalls Kutney. “I said to him, ‘Young man, there are no more easy classes.’ His mother and father chuckled, and they appreciated that I had let their son know expectations at Lakeland are high.”
Kutney worked closely with Adam, who began his journey as an undecided student before choosing a criminal justice major. Four years after that initial meeting, Adam visited Kutney in his office – to say thanks and goodbye. Adam was graduating.
“He had really excelled, and he was wearing a tie when he visited me,” Kutney recalls. “He had really grown, in an environment where people took his learning seriously and provided him with support in a safe, nurturing environment. He had really blossomed.”