• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

Choosing A Major

The all too common question that friends and family members ask when you are in the midst of the application process/college search or even after choosing a college, “What are you planning on studying?”. It is a difficult question to answer as a high school student. Some things that I took into account were: What am I interested in? What brings value to my life? Where can this career path take me? What opportunities revolve around this specific major? Will it help to provide a financially sound career? Will this major set me up with appropriate pre-requisites for a graduate program?

Those are just a few ideas and questions off the top of my head. Following my decision to attend the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) I knew I wanted to go into a major in the health field. I wanted to be able to serve others in my career, have a meaningful job I enjoyed after graduation, and be financially stable. My parents always told me not to go after a career just for the money, but rather to find something I truly enjoy. Therefore, I took that advice to heart and truly looked into what I was passionate about and how I could make a difference in other people’s lives. After researching CSS a bit more I set my sites on Exercise Physiology as major with Catholic Studies as a potential minor. I knew I wanted to continue learning about my faith following high school and I also knew that Exercise Physiology had multiple tracks into some healthcare fields and potential graduate programs.

Once I got into my first semester of college I began to do more research and “soul searching” of how I could fulfill those questions mentioned above about a life-long career. I set my sites on physical therapy. It then became a goal of mine to work hard in order to meet pre-requisite requirements to get into the Exercise Physiology major with the hopes of going to graduate school for physical therapy. By the end of my first year I was set on Exercise Physiology and a goal of getting into PT school. I knew that being a physical therapist would be a very fulfilling and rewarding career; I would get to serve people, assist them in recovery, injury prevention, lifestyle changes, improving functional capabilities and overall quality of life, etc. It is also a secure career field with much need that provides a financially stable situation (student loans aside and a topic for another day).

For me the decision of choosing what I wanted to study came fairly quickly. However, I had roommates, friends, teammates, and classmates that were on the opposite end of the spectrum. It took time and for some, lots of time to decide what it was they wanted to set their sites on. Thankfully, general education or “core” courses provide a bit of a glimpse into some aspects of certain majors. CSS also provides resources including guidance counselors that assist you along the way. My advice is be patient, do your research, utilize the resources available, seek out observation hours or internship opportunities to educate yourself on careers you may be interested in, and know that the majority of individuals change their major at least once throughout their college career.

CSS has many majors to choose from and can be viewed HERE!

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