Office of Student Life

Grad Pad

General Session Descriptions

Descriptions | Spring 2020   

2020 Vision: Goal Setting & Financial Planning 

One of the most critical aspects of financial wellness is an understanding of the basics. This workshop will help you to start on your path to greater financial capability and understanding! Topics include budgeting, money management, financial goal setting, understanding loan repayment & credit education.  

Core Capacities: WFL 

 

How Bad Do You Want It?: Resumes, CVs & Cover Letter Workshop 

This?workshop?will address?how?to construct a relevant and unique resume, curriculum vitae and?cover?letter?while searching for jobs. Importance will be placed on format and content while highlighting career tips useful when applying for positions with a student affairs emphasis. Please bring?your computer and a copy of?your materials. Join us, as we assist?you?tell the story of?your life! The workshop?volunteers?will have the opportunity to audit and assist participants with their?resumes?after the lecture/discussion. The staff volunteers will read?resumes, respond to questions, and provide strategic feedback to each participant.  

Core Capacities: CDE 

  

Know Your Worth: Job Offers & Salary Negotiation 

You have received your job offer, congratulations! Now you need to consider the offer and your compensation package. Salary negotiation can be intimidating or confusing, but it doesn't have to be! Come to this session and learn why and how you should consider negotiating your next job offer.  

Core Capacities: CDE 

 

“Candid Conversations” Series: Unpacking Terminology & Buzzwords 

Join us for a roundtable discussion as we unpack buzzwords related to higher education and student life and what it means for practice and research. It’s important for leaders to mean what they say, and say what they mean. Let’s have a candid conversation! 

Core Capacities: LM, PE, SRA 

 

Post-Graduate School: Exploring Identity Beyond the Classroom 

As graduation nears, you might wonder, “how should I prepare for this transition. Join us as we contemplate the unspoken thoughts and feelings of life after graduating. You’ve got the degree, so what… now what? In this session, GAAs can begin to unpack the transition into life beyond and outside of the classroom. We hope to provide insight to make the transition a little smoother. 

Core Capacities: WFL 

 

Descriptions | Autumn 2019  

Turning Your Practice to Presentations: Presenting at Academic & Professional Conferences 

Interested in presenting at a professional conference or hoping to come up with new proposal ideas? Join us as we discuss ways to make the most of national, regional, and local conference opportunities. Participants will workshop ideas and consider ways to leverage their experiences and interests toward conference proposals. 

Core Capacities: CI, CDE, LM 

 

Finding Your Graduate School Identity: Imposter Syndrome and Professional Identity  

No one is safe! Impostor Syndrome doesn’t discriminate! Impostor Syndrome is a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, or fraudulence despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary—and it strikes the best of us!  

  • Do you ever feel you don’t belong?  
  • Do you experience a constant fear of being found out?  
  • Do you wonder if others assume your success is not deserved?  
  • Do you ever wonder why you even bother with research and writing because you’re convinced there’s no way your manuscript will be accepted?  

If any of this resonates, you are not alone! Imposter syndrome is a psychological construct that manifests as a negative story — on repeat. Sometimes this story motivates us to grit our teeth a little tighter and forge ahead with greater determination. Most often, though, the story brings us down and takes a toll on our health, wellness, and productivity. While Imposter Syndrome shows up for everyone everywhere, it's particularly salient in academic spaces and for those of us who don't fit into the "typical" image of a graduate student or professor in the ivory tower.  

In this session, we will explore imposter syndrome and work toward managing its relationship to making progress on our career goals.  

Core Capacities: WFL, PE, CDE  

 

Are You Ready? Roundtable  

During this roundtable discussion, Ed.D. & Ph.D. students and NEW Professionals will share their stories and experiences through the job and school search. This space is for you to kick-start your preparation! There will be two main foci: "Doc or Not?" and "Job PREP" MA and students are invited to join us as you begin your next steps into the field. Participants will be able to engage in both sessions.  

Core Capacities: CI, CDE, WFL 

 

Descriptions | Spring 2019 

How Bad Do You Want It?: Resumes, CVs & Cover Letter Workshop 

This workshop will address how to construct a relevant and unique resume, curriculum vitae and cover letter while searching for jobs. Importance will be placed on format and content while highlighting career tips useful when applying for positions with a student affairs emphasis. Please bring your computer and a copy of your materials. Join us, as we assist you tell the story of your life! 

Core Capacities: CI, CDE 

 

Career Prep 101: Navigating the Job Search 

Learn what to do before, during, and after an interview for positions in higher education and student affairs. Emphasis will be on career strategies, phone interviewing techniques, and familiarity with general interview expectations. We will also discuss the on-campus interview presentation, strategic questions for employers including vital questions that people don’t ask or forget to ask. Samples of questions and practice opportunities will be provided, as well as useful suggestions to enhance confidence skills. 

Core Capacities: CI, CDE 

 

Know Your Worth: Job Offers & Salary Negotiation 

You have received your job offer, congratulations! Now you need to consider the offer and your compensation package. Salary negotiation can be intimidating or confusing, but it doesn't have to be! Come to this session during and learn why and how you should consider negotiating your next job offer. 

Core Capacities: CI, CDE, WFL 

 

Top 10 Tips For Transitioning From Graduate Student To New Professional 

As graduation nears, it’s time to get ready to assume your first full-time position.  You might wonder, “how should I prepare for this transition?” In this session, GAAs will be introduced to 10 tips that learned along the way about the transition from graduate student to new professional.  These tips are not necessarily a template to succeed in your first year as a new professional, but they might provide some insight to make your transition a little smoother. 

Core Capacities: CI, CDE, WFL 

 

Descriptions | Autumn 2018 

Turning Your Practice to Presentations: Presenting at Academic & Professional Conferences  

Join us as we explore and discuss national, regional, and local conference opportunities. Learn how to apply and prepare for a presentation opportunity at a conference. Participants will learn do's and don'ts in presenting and will leave knowing how to navigate programs and presentations step by step. 

Core Capacities: CI  

The Great Transition: Applying Schlossberg's Transition Theory & Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, & Advisors 

Whether transitioning in or out, there is always a range of emotions that we experience during times of great transition. Using Nancy Schlossberg's transition theory, join us as we engage in the stories of graduate students to learn how to better cope with challenges and celebrate our successes during times of transition and learn how to cultivate a network of mentors, sponsor, and advisors during this time. In this session, we will also help you map your current mentoring system, identify your unmet needs and plan how to expand your existing network to meet your current needs. You don't want to miss this! 

Core Capacities: CI, CDE, WFL, TC 

Finding Your Graduate School Identity: Imposter Syndrome and Professional Identity 

No one is safe! Impostor Syndrome doesn’t discriminate! Impostor Syndrome is a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, or fraudulence despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary—and it strikes the best of us! 

  • Do you ever feel you don’t belong? 
  • Do you experience a constant fear of being found out? 
  • Do you wonder if others assume your success is not deserved? 
  • Do you ever wonder why you even bother with research and writing because you’re convinced there’s no way your manuscript will be accepted? 

If any of this resonates, you are not alone! Imposter syndrome is a psychological construct that manifests as a negative story — on repeat. Sometimes this story motivates us to grit our teeth a little tighter and forge ahead with greater determination. Most often, though, the story brings us down and takes a toll on our health, wellness, and productivity. While Imposter Syndrome shows up for everyone everywhere, it's particularly salient in academic spaces and for those of us who don't fit into the "typical" image of a graduate student or professor in the ivory tower. 

In this session, we will explore imposter syndrome and work toward managing its relationship to making progress on our career goals. 

Core Capacities: WFL, PE  

Supervising Undergraduate Students and Your Supervisor: Essential Strategies For Managing Up And Managing Down 

As a GAA and future leader in your field, you are responsible for balancing “managing up” and “managing down” to positively impact your workplace environment, in this session, we want to help you identify areas of enhancement in your management and leadership capacities. Questions to think about: 

  • What are the needs of your team and each undergraduate supervisee? Do you consider it your responsibility to meet those needs? 
  • What are your supervisor’s expectations of you? How in touch are you with those needs? 
  • What are your organizational/institutional priorities? Are you aligned with them? 
  • How can you enhance your managerial effectiveness, both up and down? 

Core Capacities: LM, TC 

Secure the Bag: Personal Finance for Grad Students  

One of the most critical aspects of financial wellness is an understanding of the basics. This workshop will help you to start on your path to greater financial capability and understanding! Topics include budgeting, money management, financial goal setting, understanding loan repayment & credit education.  

Core Capacities: WFL 

Are You Ready? Roundtable 

During this roundtable discussion, Ed.D. & Ph.D. students and NEW Professionals will share their stories and experiences through the job and school search. This space is for you to kick-start your preparation! There will be two main foci: "Doc or Not?" and "Job Prep." MA students are invited to join us as you begin your next steps into the field. Participants will be able to engage in both sessions. 

Core Capacities: CI, CDE,  

Wellness Wednesdays Series 

Join Student Life staff and GAA peers in FREE fitness opportunities throughout the semester. Wellness Wednesday events take place on campus select Wednesday evenings from August 29th  through November 7th at 7:00 p.m. These events promote whole-body wellness through a wide variety of fitness concepts and activities. 

Core Capacities: WFL, LM, TC