Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's Your Degree

We've just been through advising for the semester and the accepted students day that all colleges go through when accepted students and their parents check out St. Mike's. The two events are important to me because I can talk with students, and future students, about what being a student at St.Mike's is all about.

One of the things I always tell my advisees when we first meet is that it is their degree and they must exert control over it. As an advisor I can give them advice about which courses to take and when but the bottom line is that my students have ultimate control over how they put everything together. They can choose courses that interest them as well as courses that are required. They can choose courses for the minute and courses for the future.

For example, one of my students, Laura, a math and Elementary Education double major came to me last year to say that she was interested in getting her middle level licensure as well as the elementary licensure she will receive at the end of this semester. Since she is from New Jersey I suggested that she contact the New Jersey DOE, let them know what she was doing and ask them what she needed for the dual licensure. She discovered that she could take Adolescent Development and a Middle School grad course during her senior year that would get her really close to her dual licensure.

In today's job market, anything you can do to increase your employability especially free while at College is a real bonus. But, you can only do this if you take control of your degree and make it fit what your want out of life.

Talk about fit, isn't that a cool train made of bricks; even the smoke is made of bricks. It's a heritage site in Darlington in the north of England.

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