Finding Direction by afederoff

As my previous post declared, I have been thinking about switching my major from Journalism, but (obviously) remaining in the McAnulty Liberal Arts College (because it is the best school at Duquesne). Unfortunately, I am still uncertain what I want to major in. Although I have an idea of my ideal job, I am totally unsure of how to one day get there.

I told my advisor, Dixie, of my ideal profession:  I hope to be a motivational speaker on body image and its distortions. I hope to gain my accreditation through a best selling novel or the like. She gave me two suggestions, both of which I am planning to follow through with; seek guidance with Career Services and to never doubt the power of internships.

After leaving her office, I emailed Dr. McCauley of Career Services, who instructed me to complete a series of online tests, which would help her get a better understanding of my personality and ultimately, professional options. I did this, and met with her this past Friday. Together, we distinguished between possible careers and possible majors, and came up with a list of each that I may be interested in. Next, I have to complete my homework and research these fields before our next meeting. Thus far, Dr. McCauley has helped me realize I am not yet a lost cause, and furthermore, has sorted out some of my scattered thoughts. I would definitely advise any weary freshmen to speak with Career Services.

I also am happy to announce that I have arranged an internship with Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters. Aside from this novel, Courtney holds seminars and speaks at high schools etc. Attempting to combat the surplus of eating disorders and the like, Courtney encourages young women to be proud of their bodies. This summer, I will be working with her in Brooklyn, NY on an incredible project to campaign against media distortion of body image. Although I am far away in Pittsburgh, the project has already begun via email, and I am excited to work so closely with a woman living my dream.

I have been endlessly commended for my attempt to figure everything out, although I am just a freshman. Don’t wait to test the waters, look for an internship, or work with career services! It’s never too early.



Advisors are your friends! by x3erica1037

Today I had my mandatory Liberal Arts freshman advisement meeting. My advisor and less than ten freshman including myself talked for around 45 minutes about various things, like how classes have been going, studying abroad, learning communities, and registering for spring classes. It was actually pretty useful information and cleared up some things I had been unsure about.

My advisor was really helpful and seemed to actually care about getting to know each of us personally. I think this will help when we go to schedule classes and get ready to look into landing jobs and internships. While I know these mandatory meetings can seem a little annoying now, they’re actually not bad and they really do help.

I do, however, have mixed emotions about getting ready to schedule for spring. On one hand, it’s kind of exciting to be able to sit with my advisor and actually choose what classes I take and when I take them. While we did get to fill out interest surveys before our schedules were chosen for the current semester, we had no say in what times we were given. I’m looking forward to creating a schedule that will be challenging and get some tough classes out of the way.

On the other hand, though, it feels a little crazy to be getting ready to make a new schedule. I feel like the fall semester has just begun, and to be honest, I don’t want it to end yet. I’m just now feeling totally comfortable with my schedule! Although we’re really getting into midterms and writing papers more often, I don’t want my college experience to fly by too quickly. It just makes me realize how limited my time at Duquesne will be, and I know I have to take advantage of every minute.

So if you haven’t already done so, sign up for one of the sessions to meet with your advisor! It won’t take up too much of your time, and it will allow you to schedule sooner so you can get the classes you want.


Career Servies Job Fair by liberalartsduq
02.23.09, 8:15 am
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This Thursday, Duq’s Career Services is hosting a job fair.

February 26, 2009 (10:00AM – 3:00PM)Location:
Duquesne University Student Union Ballroom

The Spring 2009 Job & Internship Fair will feature employers who are seeking Duquesne students and graduates in Liberal Arts, Natural & Environmental Sciences, and Business for full-time, part-time, and internship positions.

Full Description:
Duquesne University
Spring 2009 Job & Internship Fair
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
Duquesne Student Union Ballroom

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet with a great variety of employers in one day WITHOUT LEAVING CAMPUS!!

Valuable “job fair tips” are available on the Career Services website, Need your resume reviewed or help with networking strategies? Call the Career Services Center, 412-396-6644 to set up an appointment with your career counselor today!

Here’s a list of organizations that will be represented.