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10 Tips for Getting Ahead in Coiiege... and After
Kristen Gallagher, Staff Writer
Perhaps one of the most helpful offices on campus
is one you might not have ever visited. The Office of
\cademic and Career Planning sits to the right of the
stairway on the second floor of the Cate Center, between
1 set of glass double doors. Inside, you’ll find a staff wili
ng to work with you from the veiy first day of college to
veil after you graduate. You’ll also discover a whole host
af resources, from a career library to online help and
more. You can visit the office during business hours or
send an email to make an appointment. In addition to
meeting with a staff member, these tips can help steer
^ou in the right direction during and after college!
1. Use what you’ve got. Meredith offers great, free
vays to get you on the right track - professors who can
ict as mentors. Academic and Career Planning advisors
and resources, and ways to get involved.
2. Ask questions. If you don’t ask about what you’re
interested in, motivated by, or confused about, you
von’t get answers. Not finding answers means graduat
ing without a plan.
3. Get work experience. Nothing gives you a great
resume - or great first-hand knowledge - like work
experience. Whether it’s an unpaid internship or a paid
position, working will give you a taste of several careers
or fields, plus references for future jobs.
4. Do something fun and helpful - like volun
teering. Volunteering is a great way to get experience
in a variety of fields without having to deliver on the
expectations of an internship or paid job.
5. Explore your options. Before you declare your
major, check out topics you’re passionate about, and
take sbme time to see what you can do with that ma
jor. Remember that just because you majored in one
thing doesn’t mean you have to work in that field. Start
exploring ideas for graduate school later in your sopho
more year, so that you can take the GRE and narrow
your search during your junior year.
6. Be open to new experiences. Try your hand at
a club leadership experience or organizing an event -
get creative. Individual, unique projects will make you
stand out from the crowd.
7. Join professional organizations in your held.
Once you’ve declared your major, join the local, state,
and national (if applicable) organizations associated
with the field. The groups will give you job search help,
mentors, and networking opportunities.
8. Network! And not just online - take every chance
you get to network with other students, professors, and
professionals in person. Remember that networking is
a two-way street; don’t just find out what they can do to
help you. Relationships are what will get you jobs.
9. Get practice. Academic and Career Planning
has several mock interviews with real employers each
semester - sign up for them on CareerLink and get
instant, real feedback on your interview skills.
10. Get a resume tune up. In addition to practicing
your interview skills and keeping up with internships
and experiences, you’ll need to make sure your resume
is up to date. You’ll want to tailor it for each job you
apply for, so be sure to check in with ACP often to get
feedback on how.
Meredith Students Tackle Global Issues
at Model Arab League Conference
Nine Meredith students in the Model United Na-
:ions club left Meredith College on Friday, March
11, 2011 to battle it out at the Southeast Model Arab
League (MAL) Conference at Converse College in Spar-
lanburg, SC. Students involved in MAL learn about
;he politics, history, and diplomacy of the Arab world
while brushing up on their public speaking skills. The
Meredith students competed against eighteen other
southeastern colleges, including Clemson, Georgia
State University, the US Air Force Academy, and The
Citadel. Each student served on one of the following
;ommittees: Joint Defense Council, Council on Pal
estinian Affairs, Council on Political Affairs, Council
af Arab Social Affairs Ministers, Council of Environ
mental Affairs Ministers, Council of Economic Affairs
Ministers, Arab Cultural Summit. Each committee had
ts own separated agenda, although all of the Meredith
students represented the Islamic Republic of Maurita-
Some of the topics for this year’s conference were:
1. Exploring the balance between national sover
eignty and the need to implement international law
m territorial waters with specific attention to inter
national conventions and UN sanctions, piracy, and
2. Considering expansion of the Arab Charter on
Human Rights with special regard for the prevention
nf exploitation, human trafficking, and abuse of chil-
3. Exploring technologies and techniques which
:ould be used to enhance the productivity and sustain-
ibility of agricultural practices, including the use of
genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and new ir
rigation, planting, and harvesting methods.
4. Harmonizing customs policies in an effort to
ncrease inter-Arab trade and lay the necessary foun
dations for the creation of an Arab common market by
2020 and promoting microfinance loans to rural and
underprivileged communities as an alternative to misap
propriated foreign aid and as a way to alleviate poverty in
the Arab world.
5. Facilitating the production and diffusion of Arab
popular culture, including literature, cinema, and folk-
loric and contemporary dance and music, in all member
states of the Arab League and developing programs which
use the core values of sports as a source of unity, under
standing, cooperation, and respect among Arab youth.
The goal of the conference is create real life resolutions
to real world problems. The committees work together as
a team to create solutions that will work for each country
while maintaining each country’s cultural values. After
the conference, the resolutions are sent to the real United
Nations for them to review, extract ideas from, or imple
Each delegate is evaluated during the competition by
the committee director and chair for awards given at the
closing ceremonies. Delegates are evaluated on the per
suasiveness of their speeches, their use of teamwork, and
their resolution-writing skills. To prepare for the confer
ence, Meredith students spend an average 20-30 hours
researching their topics, their countries’ needs, and their
countries’ position. Each Meredith delegate gave ap
proximately three speeches and wrote or co-wrote four
resolutions which were passed to become international
laws or programs. Although the Meredith students did not
win any awards, several were nominated by their peers for
awards in the most persuasive speech and most prolific
resolution writing categories.
The Model United Nations Club is open to all Meredith
Students regardless of major. If you are looking for ex
perience in your field, it is likely that the MUN club and
conference will have something for you. MUN also gives
you a chance to network with college students from other
southeastern schools who share your interests. If you
would like to learn more about MUN at Meredith, contact
Sarah Phillips at email@example.com.
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