Parents & Family

Looking Ahead: Preparing Next Year

When summer comes, students swap the three R's of learning with a new set—relaxation, revenue and recreation. While these things are important, students also need to stay focused on their college education by taking time to plan ahead. In talking with your student, you may want to share the following tips.

Career Preparation

Whether or not your student has declared a major, he or she can benefit from reading reference materials and articles about career interests. Pertinent information on educational requirements, job trends and employment opportunities can help your student make decisions about college coursework, internships and post-graduation plans.

For assistance, he or she can visit BW's Career Services, which is open during the summer, to meet with a counselor and utilize its resources.

Summer is also a great time to update a resume as well as write goals and strategies for the years ahead. This can help your student stay on track with academics, co-curricular activities, internships and studying abroad.

Co-curricular Involvement

With over 100 campus activities and 23 varsity sports available to students, it is easy to see how a student might become over-scheduled. Yet other students may have participated infrequently in college activities.

Somewhere in between is the right amount. An overstressed student is not likely to fully enjoy his or her experiences while a disassociated student is missing opportunities to engage in college life and to boost his or her resume. Students should strive to balance studies with social activities, sports and service initiatives that will allow a comfortable schedule that includes time for learning, exercise, relaxation and fun.

Co-curricular involvement should include at least one organization that is focused on leadership, another that promotes service, as well as a third that represents academics.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

During the next few months, your student can use the BW website to review experiential learning activities that can provide your student with meaningful, practical experiences. In looking at activities, your student may want to consider the value they will bring to his or her college experience as well as to career and graduate school preparation.

BW experiential learning opportunities include internships, field experiences, research studies, service learning, explorations/study abroad opportunities and more.