How are the CAS Peers Spending Summer ? (Continued)

la-ar-orange-is-the-new-black-benefit-20140609 Peer Advisor Grace Cassidy is also enjoying her summer and it sounds like she has an awesome reading list lined up this summer. She says,

“I’m currently reading Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut and next I’m reading Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. I’m watching Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, Grey’s Anatomy and definitely going to squeeze in  some classic Lindsay Lohan (my idol as I was a red-headed child with freckles) in The Parent Trap ever since it recently went on Netflix. SO EXCITED. I’m not doing much this summer other than working, hanging out with my friends, napping…. u kno the dEal~*”

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Grace will be in the office starting in the end of August!

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How are the Peers Spending Summer 2014?

Brandon Klugman ’16 weighs in with his summer plans and summer reading:

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He says,

“I’m spending the summer working at a canoe/kayak rental place on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, and I’m excited to be going to Lollapalooza in Chicago in August. I’m really into the World Cup and the current season of 24 (my favorite show ever), and I just finished reading a great book called Outcasts United by Warren St. John which is about a youth soccer team made up of refugees in suburban Atlanta.”

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Thanks for a great year!

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While we are sad to wrap up this fantastic year of peer advising we are looking forward to starting back up in the fall for another successful year. Be sure to stay connected to the Peer Advisors by following us on Twitter and liking our Facebook Page. Now good luck on finals and have a great summer! See you in the fall!

 

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What’s on your college Bucket List?

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BIG thank you to all who participated in the Peer Advisor’s Bucket List tabling event this past Wednesday, April 16th. The picture above shows some examples of what students at AU are hoping to achieve by the end of their time in college. Students wrote about everything from getting involved in research opportunities with their favorite professors to exploring popular museums in the heart of DC. If you’d like to add something that’s on your college bucket list feel free post more ideas in the comments section below! 

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Top 12 Tips for Exploratory Students

  1. Talk to students. When you get to AU and start taking classes beyond gen-eds (you will likely try out the majors you are interested in) ask people in your classes why they chose to study [Blank] major. It might feel awkward at first, but more than likely asking someone about their passions could help you get a sense for the department and you might even make a new friend! 

  2. Read about it/Research it. Search Google, read pamphlets in the department, and investigate the types of careers or internships people complete with specific majors. Some majors are more flexible than others. When you start looking around, you might notice that people apply their undergrad majors to the job market in surprising ways. 
  3. Reflect and be honest. Listen to what you feel and think. Don’t get caught up in prestige or supposed practicality. At the end of the day, your major needs to be something you truly possess a passion for.
  4. While it may seem that everyone has picked their major on the first day of freshmen year, chances are that most of your fellow freshmen have no idea what they will pursue in the future.
  5. Go talk to the professors that teach classes you love. See if their research topics or professional careers match up with your own interests and goals. Every single professor loves to talk about their field and offer advice to interested students.
  6. Try to find upperclassmen in the different areas of study you are interested in. Get in contact with the CAS Peer Affiliates!
  7. Checking out different clubs that focus on a topic you may want to major in can help you explore different options.  Not only do the clubs typically have free food, you also get the chance to talk to students and professors that deal with this major and opportunities to partake in some activities that may help you decide on picking that major.  Some good examples are Eco-sense, Psychology Club and Accounting Club.  
  8. If your friend suggests a class because it is ‘easy’, know that it will be more beneficial to take a course that may push you a bit more–as a senior, the classes that made me think helped me figure out my major a lot faster than the ones that didn’t ask much from me. 
  9. Take it with a grain of salt: Every now and then you might cross someone that is in the profession you’re considering to take on and maybe they haven’t enjoyed that job. Make sure to ask for other people’s opinions because you never know if you just got someone on a bad day. 
  10. Take advantage of this amazing city. If you decided to come to American University I’m sure it’s location factored into the equation when you sent in your deposit. While there is a lot to get involved in on campus, the entire city is out there for you to explore and learn from. With this, notice if there are any patterns in what you like to do in the city and what you get tired of. This could open your eyes to some interests worth exploring.
  11. Develop meaningful connections. Whether it’s a professor, faculty member, academic advisor, friend, etc, there are always opportunities to learn from other people. Some of these relationships can turn into “mentor-ships” that can lead you to discover some things you’re interested in or potential career paths.
  12. Talk to EVERYONE. Really. I have gotten out of having conversations with people at random moments- on bus rides home, sitting in DuPont circle, at coffee shops downtown- over the past few years. Being engaged in conversation and asking questions to get to know others will teach you much more than if you remain silent. People like to tell their story—so sit back and let them tell it!
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Thanks for joining the Peer Advisors at our Breakfast with Champions event!

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Big thank you to all who came out to our Breakfast with Champions event! We heard from five incredible leaders on American’s campus: Tessa Guarracino, Panhellenic Council Vice President/ Academic Chair of Phi Mu; Samantha Falewee, American Literary Magazine; Charlotte Goodenow, Career Center Peer Advisor; Gabriela Siem, Career Center Peer Advisor; Emily Teichner, Dime A Dozen Acapella Group Member. They shared great advice and some helpful tips regarding how students can become successful leaders on campus. Pictures from the event can be found in the photo gallery on the bottom right hand side of this page. Be sure to keep your ears open for other Peer Advising events! Also, if you haven’t made an appointment with your peer, be sure to schedule one right away!

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Join your CAS Peer Advisors for our event, Breakfast with Champions!

Interested in being a student leader on campus?

Come join the CAS Peer Advisors for our event, Breakfast with Champions, and have the chance to listen to and mingle with different student leaders here on campus! The event starts at 9pm in Letts Formal Lounge this Thursday, March 27th, where we will be serving pancakes and hash browns. So bring your floor mates and friends to see how fun and easy it is to be a leader!

All are welcome!

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