July 10, 2014
As a tour guide and student at DePauw, I not only have the latest news before it is released on Tuesdays and Fridays by “The DePauw” - our student run newspaper - but I also have the insight on the top study spots on campus.
The first and most popular is the Percy Lavon Julian Science and Mathematics Center. There are three floors of chairs, tables, and students occupying every square foot. In addition, there is the Prevo Science and Mathematics library located on the first floor and conference rooms strategically placed throughout the building. Finding a spot in Julian might be challenging but is possible. If you get there past 7 pm, don’t count on finding a table in Prevo or a conference room that isn’t already filled with laptops and notebooks.
Similar to Julian with three floors and conference rooms, we have the Roy O. West Library. The added benefit of studying at Roy is a cafe similar to Starbucks but only if you are willing to travel five minutes across campus. After grabbing a...
July 9, 2014
Up until now, I’ve been writing blogs about how amazing my Communication Internship at Teach For America has been. However, I never explained the steps I took to secure an internship I am proud of. Come February/March of 2014, Teach For America was NOT the only internship on the table for me...thanks to these 5 steps I took in my process of searching for an internship.
Step 1: Fix your resume and cover letter. “Fix” can mean two things. If you don’t already have a resume and cover letter, fix one up! If you do, then fix it up.
Why? Because you need to impress the company before they offer you an interview.
Does it work? Before I sent my resume and cover letter to Teach For America and many other companies, I shared it with my family, friends, and the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement. I applied to 5 internships at large companies. I was offered 5 interviews.
Step 2: Talk with your parents and tell them you’re interested in getting a summer internship.
Why? Because they have connections...
July 8, 2014
Many people entering college have no idea what they may want to major in while some think they have it all figured out. Fortunately for DePauw students, the liberal arts (and sciences) experience ensure that you will have plenty of time to figure it out…and change your mind three times.
When I entered DePauw, I believe I wanted to be a high school math teacher. I loved calculus in high school, and I wanted to make a difference for kids down the road. My first semester at DePauw was filled with courses in our Mathematics department, but I was also enrolled in an art course and a political science course. Even in your first semester, DePauw encourages you to explore different disciplines. For my first Winter Term, I interned in a middle school in Atlanta. I tutored kids after school and shadowed teachers during the day. That experience told me I did not want to be a Math teacher. With my plan dissolved, I needed a new plan and major.
My sophomore year was dominated by communication courses...
July 7, 2014
Holding an off-campus job for the past year and a half has been an absolutely positive experience for me. Since midway through my sophomore year, I have been in charge of the referee program for the Putnam County Youth Soccer Association. Each Saturday morning during the season, I wake up and drive out to the fields—thankfully there are always friends on this campus willing to lend their cars to someone in need—to oversee the morning’s game activity. It’s also always a good laugh to see how “dead” a college campus is at 8:30 a.m. on the weekend, and DePauw is no exception as it resembles an absolute ghost town.
There are numerous benefits to having a job, be it on or off-campus, during one’s time at DePauw, or any college for that matter. First and foremost, it puts a little extra money in your pocket for all the various college expenditures beyond tuition and books. Mom and Dad will likely appreciate not being badgered for spending money as well. Second, the job provides a bit more structure...
July 3, 2014
Applying to college is overwhelming. Application deadlines, countless essays, and mandatory tests are just the beginning. Once you apply, you anxiously hope that the packet that contains your acceptance letter will arrive quickly. Then comes April; there are acceptance letters on your kitchen table and the national deadline is rapidly approaching. It is hard enough to pick which colleges to apply to. Now you have to pick which college to attend, to call home for the next four years.
The letters on my kitchen table were from Big Ten schools and one liberal arts college in southern Indiana: DePauw University. I applied to DePauw on a whim. My high school cross country coach had gone to DePauw and she had been begging me to send in an application throughout my entire last year of high school. I discarded a few of the acceptance letters but kept DePauw’s and a few others. Now that I had narrowed my choices, I knew I would have to visit to make my final decision.
After hours of driving through...