by Cori Hilsgen
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Briana Goebel would like to advise students not to be afraid to change their college major if they lose interest or become interested in a different one.
Originally, Goebel thought she would be interested in the pharmacy field. After working in a pharmacy for five years, she decided that was not the career she wanted to pursue.
Goebel recently graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo with a bachelor’s degree in health communication.
“I wish I would have listened to my gut sooner, to change my major,” Goebel said.
Goebel is currently working as a nanny in St. Joseph for two children ages 4 and 8. She would like to find a job in her field in the areas of patient advocacy or consulting, possibly managing some type of health-care setting.
“After working in a pharmacy for five years, I changed my career path and am now contemplating graduate school in health communication,” Goebel said.
Goebel is the 23-year-old daughter of Dan and Cindy Goebel. She has one sister, Tiffany, 29; one brother, Darin, 26; and a sister-in-law, Carissa, 26.
Fun facts about Goebel:
Favorite subject: During college, small-group communication was her favorite class.
Favorite leisure activity: Playing with her puppies. Goebel has two puppies, Deeno and Dixie. Both are adopted. Deeno is a chihuahua mix and Dixie is a daschund-chihuahua mix.
Favorite music: Country
“It has a home-town feel and it is what my family listens to,” Goebel said.
Favorite movie: A Walk to Remember
“It is relatable and reminds me of the drive I have to help people I care about,” Goebel said.
Favorite thing she likes to help other people do: Organize, clean, re-organize and repeat.
Favorite restaurant and food: Olive Garden and pasta
The thing she likes best about St. Joseph: People like living in St. Joe.
“It has a family feel – people move here and stay here,” Goebel said.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.
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