A local college student shares how she overcame the pressure of selecting a major.
(WEAU) - We're just days away from school bells ringing across Wisconsin and classes will be back in session. That means college freshmen will be embarking on a new chapter in their lives.
"Everyone seemed like they knew what they wanted to do and I just like I don't really know what I want to do,” said Gabrielle Colby, UWEC Senior.
Gabrielle Colby is feeling at ease before starting her last year of college, but freshman year was a different story.
"With coming into college a lot of people were declared and I wasn't, so I was like oh trying to find out my career and do a little more research and the career services really helped me with that,” said Colby.
Although her parents helped pay for school, she felt pressure to choose a major right away.
"I don't want them wasting more money than they need to be wasting, so I need to pick a career fast even if I don't like it,” said Colby.
Staci Heidtke with Career Services agrees that college costs are a factor for students and parents.
"I think it’s important for students to think about what their plan is here. So I think if there is pressure, it’s something that can be used to motivate and make a decision,” said Staci Heidtke, Career Services.
"I went from an English major to a Kinesiology major, then I missed English and I tried to put both of my interests together and I came up with science and technology writing with a Kinesiology minor,” said Colby.
Colby says some of her friends have changed their major 4 or 5 times, but she has advice for freshmen.
"I would tell them to relax and everything is going to be ok. If you don't know what you're going to do it's not the end of the world,” said Colby.
Plus, Career Services can always help you narrow down your options.
“We meet with students all the time that are undecided or undeclared. We offer to them assessments. We talk with them about what they're interested in, what they're good at, what their personality is, what they value about work, what's important to them about careers,” said Heidtke.