Tales from a transfer student

My first two years of college were a real struggle. I had horrible study habits carried over from high school which didn't require much effort and yielded good grades. Needless to say, this method did not serve me well in my college courses.

Been There, Done That: Interviewing On-Campus

Last spring, I was offered the opportunity to interview for my perfect summer internship, on campus. I was excited, but also nervous. I had been to interviews on- site with different companies, but an on- campus interview was new for me. Do I still dress up? Will I feel too relaxed, being on campus? Is there more pressure since they are coming to me this time? All of these questions were running through my mind when I confirmed a time for the interview. The day finally arrived, and I prepared for my interview in Hanes Hall. These are my take-aways from this experience:

Tuesday Tip: Pre-Professional Advising

File 9584I came in my first year at Carolina knowing that law school was on my radar. I had no idea if that was going to change over the course of my four years here, but I met with the pre-law advisor my first semester. Not only did I walk away with that appointment with plenty of helpful brochures about applying for law school, I came back with the knowledge that it is never too early to start thinking about your post-graduation plans.

Top Five Networking No-Nos

Remember what you were taught about being polite and humble…don’t forget your manners when networking!

First-year Friday: Decisions

File 9223Congratulations, new Tar Heel! You have taken one of the very first important decisions you could ever make in your young adult life. Upon observing your new environment, you might have noticed that there are many important decisions to make. As someone who was in your current position exactly at this time last year, you should know that worrying too much and stressing isn’t the ideal way to go. What really helps is taking things one step at a time, and relying on resources to help you along the way.

So You Want To Be A Political Scientist?

Last semester, I had the chance to chat with John Cluverius, a doctoral student in political science at UNC and an aspiring political science researcher and professor. A PhD program in any area requires a high level of discipline and passion for your subject, but for those “nerds” out there who feel like they’re married to their major, a career in academia might be an attractive option! For me, political science has always been interesting on a level beyond what we’ve learned in class.

How to Not Get Accepted to Graduate School

While applying to graduate and professional school is a daunting task, UNC Career Services offers Pre-Graduate Advising to help you avoid common pitfalls of the application process such as:

Been There, Done That: On-Campus Recruiting

File 9609During the spring of my sophomore year, I found myself walking around the Spring Job & Internship Expo with a stack of resumes in hand. I didn’t have any particular companies or job categories in mind, but after working with UCS for a year I knew it was beneficial to see what was out there for internship opportunities. Being the typical American young adult female that I am, I was drawn in by the red and white bulls eye above the Target table.

Reasons You Shouldn't Go to Grad School

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Regardless of what field you’re considering, the decision to apply to graduate school is not one that should be made on a whim. Sure, there are lots of compelling reasons to consider a graduate education—the potential to increase your expertise and earning potential in a particular field, the possibility of enhancing your career flexibility, and the ability to satisfy your intellectual curiosities and passions, to name just a few. But there are also some reasons that are red flags—signs that you should perhaps think long and hard about whether you really want to invest years, money, and energy on a graduate education.

Tuesday Tip: Ready, Set, Go!

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Think about how much easier senior year would be if you had a full-time job secured before Thanksgiving. Positions are already posted on Careerolina, and deadlines are approaching quickly (some have even passed already). An early start can help maximize opportunities and minimize stress.