Freshmen Year

Questions they might ask:

  • What major should I choose?
  • What is a college education all about?
  • How do I find out what I want to do with my life?

Consider this:
Coming to Concordia University Wisconsin is a student's first major career decision. Typically, most of the first year is spent learning how to adjust to that decision. Many first year students are coping with being away from home, new academic pressures, and a new social environment, which takes a good deal of time and energy. To expect a first year student to have clear career goals is unrealistic. Those who say they have already decided on a career path will probably change that direction over the course of their time in college. It is completely normal and often most beneficial for a first year student to be "deciding" about future plans.

Recommendations for Family Members:

  • Although it may seem helpful and appropriate, refrain from suggesting or selecting your student's major for him or her. Instead, ask about likes, dislikes, strengths, and goals.
  • Let your student know that they should consider college as a preparation for life. The decisions they make in college will influence their future. Support those decisions.
  • Remind them that they don't have to decide on a major right away, however, encourage them to make a tentative career choice. Know that change is possible.
  • Recommend that they start their personal development by joining at least one student organization, helping them develop skills employers' value.
  • Remind them to read the college catalog to become familiar with available majors.
  • During summer vacation, encourage them to get a job with opportunities to gain work experience and improve interpersonal communication skills.
  • Encourage your student to begin career planning early, and visit Career Services to investigate available programs and services.