How I went from being undeclared to loving my major

By Shannon Carlson

Two years ago, I'd finally arrived on the UW-Eau Claire campus, and my college adventure was about to begin.

Instead of taking the college fast-track -knowing my major, joining its designated organizations, and meeting with specialized advisers and professors -I simply brought with me a collection of ideas about what I might want to do. I knew I wanted to major in English, marketing or elementary education, but I was unsure of what some of these majors even meant so I wasn't confident that I fully jived with any of them. So I came to UW-Eau Claire as an undeclared student.

At first, I didn't like the label of "undeclared," mainly because when you're a freshman who's getting to know everyone, people always ask, "What's your major?" Literally. Every. Time. So I'd just respond again and again with, "I don't know. I'm figuring it out."

And I was! Although it was hard to come to school, register for classes, and join organizations when I didn't have a specific end goal in mind, I knew it was normal and totally okay.

Being an undeclared student allowed me to explore opportunities at UW-Eau Claire that I would have missed if I had known what I wanted to major in the day I showed up.

See the full story on UW-Eau Claire's Medium blog.