DUS News

DUS News - January 22, 2018

Exploration Series Topic #2

How do I connect my interests to Penn State majors?

Hopefully, you've completed Exploration Series Topic #1. Now it's time to move on to connecting your interests to possible majors. Begin to filter majors by area of interest through MajorQuest. Use How Do I Find a Major? as a guided note-taking sheet to help you with your exploration.  After you've identified some majors, use the Major Exploration Worksheet to dig deeper into your interests, values, and strengths and how they relate to what you want to study. 

To Do: Complete the How Do I Find a Major Worksheet and/or the Major Exploration Worksheet linked above. Bring them with you to your next advising appointment and start a more detailed conversation with your adviser about your major exploration. 

Last week's topic: What do I need to know about myself?

Next week's topic: How majors relate to careers?

Preparing for the Career Fair

Preparing to attend the Career Fair for the first time can be overwhelming. With over 300 employers expected to attend Spring Career Days this year, it is important to do your research on what to expect, prepare your resume, and strategize for success by targeting specific organizations of interest. Penn State Career Services is a great resource for taking on the Career Fair with confidence. They offer Career Counseling, Prep Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more. Check out your Campus Career Services to take advantage of similar programs and opportunities for support. Students from all campuses and colleges are welcome to attend!

Important Dates: 

More events at dus.psu.edu/calendar.

Resource Spotlight: 
Career Fair

Looking for a Summer 2018 Internship? Check out Spring Career Days!

February 5: Non-Technical Full-Time, Internship and Co-op
February 6: Technical Full-Time, Internship and Co-op

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, PA

Events and Announcements: 
Study Abroad Applications
All Campuses

Education abroad is an invaluable experience offering personal growth and intercultural development, cultivating strong global citizenship, leadership, and perspective. If you are interested in studying abroad, Penn State's Office of Global Programs is a great place to start. They offer a set of Steps to Study Abroad, which includes information about Study Abroad 101 Sessions, and a Program Search.  If you are serious about study abroad, please note that Application Deadlines are approaching quickly! Make an appointment with your Academic Adviser to learn more today.

Also, be sure to attend one fo the many events this week for Study Abroad Week!

Group Advising Sessions
University Park

DUS will be holding Group Advising Sessions throughout the fall semester as a way to discuss popular advising topics with groups of students. These sessions are open to all DUS students and will help you to learn more about the topic and to ask questions in a friendly, open environment. All sessions are held in the Grange Building Lobby.

January 24: Exploration Workshop
January 30: Study Skills
February 8: Major and Career Planning
February 13: Decision Making
February 21: Smeal Entrance to Major
February 26: DUS Students and Study Abroad
March 14: Sophomore Schedule Planning
March 20: First-Year Schedule Planning

Free Wellness Services Available
University Park

Health Promotion and Wellness is now offering free Wellness Services for students. The services are designed to help students increase knowledge and learn new skills that contribute to healthy behaviors and academic success.  Services are available for:

  • Financial Wellness
  • Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health
  • Nutrition/Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Sleep
  • Stress (Relaxation and Time Management)

Each service includes three 1-hour sessions and are held in the Wellness Suite, Room 20 IM Building. Trained peer educators deliver the services. Schedule an appointment by calling 814.863.0461 or by using the myUHS page. For students who are unable to make it to University Park, call in appointments as well as skype/zoom appointments are available. 

All that WE ARE
All Campuses

Stand for State will host an event, “All that WE ARE,” at Penn State campuses between Jan. 15 and 30. This event is inspired by the viral video "All That We Share." The activity is intended to help build empathy and connection between participants, who respond to a variety of questions that highlight human experiences. Following the event, a short video similar to the one above will be released highlighting all the campuses that participated. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.  Read the full story for more information and to find dates/times at your location.

S.T.A.R.T. Diversity Contest
All Campuses

Are you looking for scholarship opportunities? DUS students are welcome to apply for the S.T.A.R.T Diversity Contest.. This is a written expression contest with awards of $500, $750, and $1500 for first place.

Physicians Assistant Prep Session
University Park

PA Prep sessions introduce first-year and sophomore students to the coursework, experiences, and skills needed for a career as a physician assistant. The session also introduces the coursework, experiences, and skills needed to successfully apply to physician assistant programs.

Spring 2018 PA Prep sessions:
- Tuesday, January 30, 6–7 p.m., 216 Thomas
- Wednesday, March 21, 6–7 p.m., 216 Thomas.

Be a DUS Peer Mentor
University Park

If you’re looking for a great way to gain leadership experience next summer, check-out the DUS Peer Mentor position. The DUS Peer Mentor team will play an important role in helping to promote a positive awareness of the exploratory educational experience and well-informed decision making before entering colleges/majors. To learn more about the role, visit https://dus.psu.edu/dus-peer-mentor or apply via the PSU jobs website at https://psu.jobs/job/74237

If you have any questions, direct them to Courtney Karmelita at cec5032@psu.edu.