Trinity is set up to help undecided students. Whether you aren’t sure about a major, have too many interests, or just need someone to help you figure out your options—we are here to help.
Goals are incredibly important to success in college—and in life. But there’s no reason to worry if you haven’t settled on a track yet. In fact, Trinity is the place for you if you want to discover your passions, strengths, and purpose.
Here’s why Trinity stands out from the crowd for undecided students:
If you’d like some help figuring all this out, email Erik Samuelson, Director of Spiritual and Vocational Formation, at erik@TLC.edu. Erik will be glad to walk you through the options and connect you to the help you need.
When Bello Dondja got to Trinity Lutheran College he wasn’t sure what he wanted to major in. His family was encouraging him to study Business, but Bello wasn’t quite sure. And so he started taking advantage of one of the great benefits of Trinity—the easy access to professors, including department chairs. At a Trinity Eagles soccer game soon after school started, Bello approached Dr. Stuart Weber, chair of the Business department, who was cheering in the stands. In this first of many conversations the two would have, Dr. Weber encouraged Bello to explore his interests hands-on, by trying out several different classes and majors to see which ones fit.
A few months later, Bello found himself in the Cascade Mountains of Washington on a hike with another Trinity professor, Rev. Dr. Dave Ellingson. As they hiked, Dave listened to Bello’s interests and passions, and again encouraged him to use his time at Trinity to explore, and listen for the call that God has for his life.
Bello took the advice of both of these professors, and has been exploring all the resources Trinity has to offer. He’s made it a practice to sit down at lunch with a professor he doesn’t know yet, and he opens conversation with the question: “What do you teach and what could I do with a degree in that?” After learning about a degree in Communications, Bello sat down with Dr. David Schultz, chair of the Communications Department, and together they developed a 4 year plan for how to double major in Communications and Business.
“While that’s my plan right now,” Bello said, “I’m still exploring. I love getting this opportunity at Trinity. I mean, where else can you do this?”
Katrine Numme came to Trinity from Norway to study music. She started her first year with clear direction: She plans to be a music teacher and work with children. Katrine knew she didn’t want to just teach kids how to sing, but to be a positive influence in their lives—as her music teachers had been for her. Pretty soon, though, questions started to crop up: Would a major in Children, Youth & Family Studies be more useful than a music degree? Should she focus more on counseling? Could she double major? Triple major?
As she wrestled with these questions in her Vocation and Formation Class, Katrine sought out the advice of her instructor—also her first-year advisor—Campus Pastor Erik Samuelson. Together they called a meeting with the chairs of three different programs: Music, Children, Youth & Family Studies, and Psychology. With the help of four professors, Katrine was able create a plan to get a music degree, take the counseling and child development classes she knew would help her in her work, and graduate on time.
“I’m so thankful for the work of all of my professors in helping me create the kind of program that is perfect for the work I feel called to,” said Katrine.
“I’m so glad I’m here at Trinity, because I know that this sort of thing doesn’t happen everywhere else,” she said.