Exploring Opportunities: The Winter Quarter Conversation

The Winter Quarter conversation is a good time to gauge what kinds of opportunities your advisee may want to explore or pursue. You can support this endeavor by listening, asking questions and serving as a sounding board; additionally, suggesting specific resources or strategies can help your advisee take responsibility for making things happen.

Exploring Opportunities

Checking in

Checking in can help your student think about their progress:

  • What’s on your mind?
  • What were you happy with, what went well?
  • What were you unhappy with, and how can we work on that?
  • What did you learn about yourself that you didn’t know before?

Handling academics

For a student who is struggling, you might ask:

  • Are you doing the reading and attending class?
  • Do you go to office hours? 
  • What do you think isn’t working?

You can also point them toward resources and encourage them to make specific plans to use them.

Exploring possibilities and making choices

To determine their next steps:

  • Is there anything you would like to work on, such as pursuing an interest or learning a skill?Is there a way to incorporate this exploration into your academic plan? If not, how else might you follow up on this?
  • What about going abroad? Have you looked at the BOSP (Bing Overseas Studies Program) offerings?
  • Have you considered applying for Sophomore College, or for Arts Intensive?
  • Do you think you will do anything over spring break, such as an ASB (Alternate Spring Break) service trip, or a GES (Geological and Environmental Sciences) field trip course?
  • Are you interested in finding a job or internship, or serving your community? Is there a project you’d like to do?

Making things happen

Once your student expresses interest in some avenues of exploration and opportunity, you can ask what steps s/he is going to take:

  • Do you know when the deadlines are?
  • What do you need to do in order to apply?
  • Do you need a letter of recommendation and if so, whom can you ask?
  • Do you have a Cardinal Careers account, and have you visited the CDC (Career Development Center)?