Title

The Road Less Traveled

Presenter Information

Josh Ingebretson

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 201

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Revolutionary, Flexibility, Intentionality

Abstract

Every year, there are millions of students worldwide who attend a higher education institution. Each individual carefully takes the time to choose between a wide set of pre-planned major and minors. These degrees may range from topics such as biology to sociology. However, what happens to those students who are faced with a list of degrees that don’t fit their career path. That same challenge is the obstacle that I have had to overcome when it came to my future career aspirations of working within higher education. As a second-year student, I was faced with the reality of having to choose an undergraduate degree that wasn’t specific to my future career path, until I discovered the Inter-Disciplinary Studies (IDS) program at Central Washington University. Through this revolutionary program, I have had the ability to forge my own pathway during my undergraduate career. This flexibility of designing and implementing my own degree has allowed the opportunity to have priceless experiences in both the classroom and real world situations. Those experiences have already given me an incredible advantage as I embark further into my career. It is my testimony that offering unique programs such as the IDS degree allows the precious opportunity for those students who don’t align perfectly with a pre-planned major, to forge their own pathway. This unique pathway, furthermore, allows those same students to create an intentional undergraduate degree, which allows them to graduate as competitive applicants in a specialized career field of their choosing, such as higher education.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Jenna Hyatt

Department/Program

Inter-Disciplinary Studies (IDS)

Additional Mentoring Department

University Housing and New Student Programs (UHNSP)

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The Road Less Traveled

SURC 201

Every year, there are millions of students worldwide who attend a higher education institution. Each individual carefully takes the time to choose between a wide set of pre-planned major and minors. These degrees may range from topics such as biology to sociology. However, what happens to those students who are faced with a list of degrees that don’t fit their career path. That same challenge is the obstacle that I have had to overcome when it came to my future career aspirations of working within higher education. As a second-year student, I was faced with the reality of having to choose an undergraduate degree that wasn’t specific to my future career path, until I discovered the Inter-Disciplinary Studies (IDS) program at Central Washington University. Through this revolutionary program, I have had the ability to forge my own pathway during my undergraduate career. This flexibility of designing and implementing my own degree has allowed the opportunity to have priceless experiences in both the classroom and real world situations. Those experiences have already given me an incredible advantage as I embark further into my career. It is my testimony that offering unique programs such as the IDS degree allows the precious opportunity for those students who don’t align perfectly with a pre-planned major, to forge their own pathway. This unique pathway, furthermore, allows those same students to create an intentional undergraduate degree, which allows them to graduate as competitive applicants in a specialized career field of their choosing, such as higher education.