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. Your student can benefit from using the next few months to address career-related initiatives, co-curricular involvement as well as experiential learning opportunities. These efforts will help your student next year as well as in years to come. 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 web-based 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 as well as do research through the CareerPlace Library.

Summer is also a great time to update a resume as well as write plans, goals and strategies for the years ahead. This can help your student stay on track with academics, extracurricular 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

While freshman year is often a time of acclimation and exploration, the next few years offer your student myriad opportunities to engage in learning. Experiential learning activities can provide your student with meaningful, practical experiences in which knowledge gained from  classroom studies can be transferred to real-world applications and vice versa.

During the next few months, your student can use the BW website to review opportunities. 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.