Back to school commitments

As the fall semester draws nearer, I wanted to throw out some considerations for students.  I always talk about maximizing one’s summer experiences.  But, maybe it’s time to talk about also maximizing one’s academic year, as well.  Take these steps, and I can guarantee both your educational experience and your career will be better for it.

  • Commit to making five new professional contacts this fall.
  • Go to faculty office hours just to have conversations and get to know your profs.
  • If you haven’t gone to your career services office, set up an initial meeting.
  • Pay attention to when companies are coming onto campus and reach out to them.
  • Tap into your university’s alumni and learn about what they studied and are doing now.
  • Really consider how your coursework matters to you — new perspective, new way of thinking, new content, etc.

The main point is this:  take control of your education and your career.  Too many students assume that simply  being there is enough.  So, while Woody Allen might have said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up,” the other 20 percent is really important.  Take control.  Be actively and engaged.

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