Good morning and CONGRATS on arriving at the final week of classes!
As you very well know, FINALS week kicks off one week from today. But THIS is the week to enter finals mode if you’re not already there. Do not wait until this weekend. Speak with your professors, meet with your tutors, and devise a plan for what’s listed below TODAY. RIGHT NOW. Finals week should find you READY TO GO and IN CHARGE.
Isn’t it a bit presumptuous for organizations and companies to demand you include at least THREE references with your internship or job application? At least?? Do they assume you have a team of people, on speed dial, sitting around, waiting to sing your praises – every time you chase down an opportunity? Some even require they be professors or administrators with whom you’ve had “regular one-on-one contact”. Between homework, studying, working, being awesome and hanging with friends, when exactly are you supposed to cultivate lasting relationships with faculty and others on/off campus? Moreover, how do you make these relationships feel real? Comfortable even? Comfortable enough to feel assured in requesting a reference or letter of recommendation?
This post, which originally ran on October 1st, 2013, has been edited.
October? Fall break next week?? Wasn’t it just Labor Day? I still haven’t put away summer clothes and my mother’s already texting my brother and me about Thanksgiving. Sigh::: Time seems slightly more pushy this year and I’m not feeling it. At all.
But I guess it was the same in college. Even back then, I suspected time was conspiring against me and my yet to be realized interests. I suppose that’s why I woke up early this morning to write this post: Sophomore year can easily be a fleeting year where college sorta just happens to you. A year of “first, this happened, then that happened, and then the next thing.” Sure you’ll learn more about who your real friends are, the oh-so-young freshmen skipping around will boost your sense of importance and you’ll have that big moment where you officially declare a major…but what else?
A LOT — if you’re intentional. Rather than have your sophomore year just happen to you, wouldn’t it be better if you closed out this year reaching several tangible milestones? Like what you ask…