All of your life you’ve had to
take tests and exams to show that you are learning. Finally, the end of the school
year has come, and you say “Yes! I never
have to take another exam”.
Well, that may be true depending
on the path you choose. However, all of those test taking
skills you’ve developed over your educational career will come in handy and
prove to be actually useful. If you think about the mental and
physical process that occurs when you are preparing for an exam, it’s not too different from the process that
you go through in your summer internship or first job.
I remember my first job interview, I was a high school sophomore
in a Philadelphia suburb. "Why do you want to work here?"
"I need money so that I can tour Europe with a band program next
summer." (At least I was honest?)
It’s finals time. That time of year when students are
grabbing their grade calculators to see what they have to make on the final to
get a grade that they want. The time where you lock yourself in the library for
hours, studying. Your first round of final exams can be stressful to say the
least, but soon after you can breathe a sigh of relief because you have
completed your first semester! Here are a few do’s and don’ts for finals:
At this point we’re all preparing for exams and getting ready to settle in to
three weeks of Netflix and no 8 am classes.
Winter break serves as a great time to recharge, but it also provides a
period to reflect on the past semester: What went well and what… didn’t. Some students may find themselves questioning
the major they have selected, and whether it’s the right fit. Throughout my own college experience I have
drifted between about five different departments. Changing your major? Been
there done that.
In my opinion, networking can be one of the hardest parts of developing
your career. At first, it may seem very intimidating. Not very many people love
trying to make small talk with professionals in the field they are interested
in, and most find it to be somewhat awkward and uncomfortable. It doesn’t have
to be this way! After all is said and done, networking is simply about making a
connection with someone. It can happen in a professional setting, like at
networking events or in a professional association, or in an informal setting,
like at the grocery store or while volunteering. It is important to remember
that networking is about creating authentic relationships with people. It is
easy to tell when someone is using your for your connections, so it is always a
good idea to get to know the people in your network on a deeper level.
One of the most valuable things a student can do during
college is complete an internship. You’ve probably heard this a million times
before, but it is absolutely true. They are great for gaining work experience, forming
connections, and so much more. However, it can be hard to find internships,
especially when you are interested in a career that doesn’t have a lot of
internship opportunities. I learned during my time here at Carolina, that
sometimes the best internship positions do not exist yet.
Finding a professor to serve as a reference for future job
searching or grad school applications can be a daunting task. At the beginning of college it’s easy to get
discouraged—so many of the gen ed classes are large lectures. But remember, you’ve got four years and the
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