Internship and Career Fair Tomorrow!

InternCareerFairTableTent ONEIt’s Career Fair Eve!  Time to iron your shirt, print off copies of your resume, and practice your handshake.  On Wednesday, February 19th, Career and Professional Development will be hosting the Internship and Career Fair from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center.  You can prepare by reviewing the list of employers who will be attending the fair.  Don’t forget to dress professionally.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Connecting Short-Term Mission Trips to Career Goals

Obtaining real-life experience in a career field can be a significant help in the career decision-making process.  Many students state that they want their work to make a meaningful contribution in society.  A discipline-specific mission trip can be an excellent way to discover how different kinds of professionals can make an impact for God’s Kingdom.  Click here to learn more about Baylor mission trips that focus on childhood development, the medical field, programming/community development, education/wellness, outdoor recreation, engineering, music, accounting, hunger, business, sports ministry, and women’s leadership.

The Day After the Career Fair

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Did you attend the Career Fair yesterday?  If so, how did it go?  What did you learn about yourself and opportunities that are out there?

Hopefully, the career fair gave you some great experience and helped you make lots of new connections.  Now, take a step back and think about what you learned.  What went well?  What would you like to do better in the future?  Remember, that the Career and Professional Development office is here for you to offer opportunities for further growth and learning.  We can help with interview skills, resume writing, personal statements, and lots of other professional development resources.

Look at our website,, for a list of all the workshops and opportunities scheduled for the rest of the semester.  Whether you are a freshman student and this was your first career fair to attend or a graduating senior who is looking for that first job after walking across the stage at the Ferrell Center, we are here to help you!

So You’ve Had Your First Test…

The word around campus is that the first round of tests has begun.  Perhaps your stress level began to rise a bit when you turned the page of your planner and saw the word TEST staring back at you.  Or maybe you didn’t see it in your planner, but heard it from the mouth of your professor when she reminded you that your first test would take place when you next gathered.

How did it go?  If you’ve had your first test, now is the time to take stock of what you did well to prepare and what areas you might want to improve for next time.  Making appointments to meet with your professors or stopping by during their office hours could be a great way to gain additional ideas about how to improve for next time.

I hope your first test went well, but if it didn’t go as smoothly as you hoped, you still have time to prepare for your next test and now you are armed with experience, which goes a long way in the college exam world.  Do you know about resources available to you?  Academic Support Programs offers a world of opportunities from free tutoring to SI and beyond.  Here are a few links to resources the world of Academic Support Programs offers:

  • Awesome videos to guide you in time management, reading comprehension and study tools.
  • Sessions with an Academic Coach who will work with you one-on-one to reach your goals.
  • Valuable resources for improving your study skills.
  • A list of all the free tutoring resources with subjects, times, and locations.

Please take advantage of these great campus resources available to you.  And if you haven’t taken your first exam, please utilize these opportunities to prepare you the very best.

But here’s the truth of it, if you didn’t make the grade you wanted to on the first test, learn from it.  Take this opportunity to grow and prepare for the next one.  Also, take stock of the material and determine if this is something you want to continue studying during your time in college.  Above all, though it is easy to do, don’t let the results that others around you received affect the way you feel about yourself.  Be affirmed in the way you prepared if you received the results you wanted and learn from your experience and move forward if your results weren’t quite what you hoped.  Remember:

We want you to experience all the fullness and joy life has to offer and we are here to help you continue receiving the results you want and we’re also here when things don’t go the way you planned.

I hope you enjoy a weekend filled with thoughtful preparation for the week ahead and also lots of fun with your fellow Bears.  Sic ‘Em!

One Week Down


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Can you believe it?  Tomorrow you will have completed your first week of the Fall 2013 semester.    For some of you, this may have been your very first week of college!  Take a minute and think about how this week went.  As you think back on this week, it may be difficult to believe it has gone by so quickly.  Now might be a great time to recognize the capacity that the semester has to fly by and how important it is to make each day count.  We only have a limited amount of time to spend in college, so let’s make the most of it!

One way to effectively use your time in college is to participate in meaningful activities that will help you plan and prepare for the future.  Involvement in student organizations is a great way to learn more about career opportunities in your interest areas, to gain valuable leadership skills, and to build meaningful friendships with others who share your similar interests.  Tomorrow night, Baylor is hosting “Late Night”, which will offer incredible opportunities for you to visit with representatives from over 160 student organizations.  You can get more details about times and locations on their website here: Late Night.  By talking to representatives, you will be able to gather a little more information about what all is involved in the group and if you think it would be a good fit for you.  Remember that a lot of the organizations geared toward pre-professional and academic areas may bring in speakers from their profession to discuss what they do.  These opportunities are rich for networking and potentially setting up an informational interview or job shadow.

A word of wisdom, however: be mindful of the groups you select to be involved in and don’t over-commit yourself.  Consider how often they meet and remember your course load requirements.

Enjoy Late Night!  Live music, games, and free food sounds like a great way to spend Friday night!!

Have You Started Preparing for Finals?

The end of the semester usually involves major papers, projects, and tests that need to be completed before the final exam period, so you might not be thinking about finals just yet.  Wise students know that one of the keys to strong final exam performance is preparing early.  Use this guide from Academic Support Programs to help you form a plan to tackle this semester’s finals.  Best wishes!

Ministry Guidance Program

Seeking wise counsel is a critical component of exploring a call to vocational ministry.  The Ministry Guidance Program at Baylor has several resources to help you learn more about yourself and the prospect of working in Christian ministry.  Visit the program’s website to learn more about the different aspects of the program, and when you visit, make sure to follow the links on the left sidebar to get more detailed information.

Are You Serious About Medical School Admissions?

Any prehealth student at Baylor should be utilizing one of the most valuable resources that you have available on campus:  the Prehealth Programs office.  The sooner you connect with a prehealth advisor, the better.  Current prehealth students can view announcements in Blackboard, attend information sessions, or enroll in courses to become more informed.  You can also contact the Prehealth Programs office with your questions about the medical school admissions process.  The advisors have expertise in guiding students through this process and helping them understand what it will take to be successful.  Visit the website for Prehealth Programs to get started.

Preparing for Finals

The return to campus after Thanksgiving Break usually reminds students that final exams are imminent.  To help you prepare appropriately, the Academic Support Programs department offers a guide and a workshop to help you in your exam preparation.  Click here to give yourself the best possibility of ending the semester with stellar grades.

Majors in Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences houses more academic majors than any other school at Baylor University.  Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree have numerous options, and the College has a fantastic online resource for obtaining more information on each of their programs.  Students who visit the Majors in Arts and Sciences website will find sections on major descriptions, sample classes, and career possibilities.  For a quick comparison of your options, this site is excellent.