April 2019

Greetings Parents and Families:

Late in spring semester, most students are busy finishing up papers and projects as they prepare for exams. As the academic year winds down, it’s important to take a little time to reflect on their progress and satisfaction with the experience they are having (and you’re paying for).  During their first semester here, students are introduced to Gallup’s Strengthsfinder assessment, which helps them refine their areas of talent and understand their unique design.  During that first semester we want them to develop the habit of using their design as well as their desires to set an initial course for their academic, involvement and career goals.   

We encourage students to us the “SMART” principles to develop their goals; goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.  As they reflect on their year, encourage them to use their unique design, desires and SMART principles to assess their academic, involvement and career goal progress.   

Here few questions you can ask them to get this started: 

  • What activity or experience did you enjoy most this year and why?
  • What courses do you enjoy most and why? Which do you find most challenging and why?
  • Are you finding ways to you use your talents in your academic courses?  What about in your extra-curricular activities?
  • What goals did you set for this year that you have accomplished?  Which are you most proud of?
  • How do these goals align with your design and desires?
  • Which goals may need reassessing? (SMART)
  • Based on your experience this year, what do you need to start doing, stop doing, and/or continue doing for success for next year? 
  • What are your top three goals for next year?  How do these align with your desires and design?

If you feel your student needs some help with this, encourage them to contact us in the Center for Personal & Professional Development at career@gardner-webb.edu.  We’re glad to help.  Have a great rest of the year!

Micah Martin
Director of the Center for Personal & Professional Development