3 Steps to Success

July 15, 2013

Dear Students:

Congratulations on being registered and ready to go for the fall semester. We look forward to seeing you on campus next month.

As you prepare to return, here are a few thoughts to support and encourage you:

    DEVELOP A PLAN — If you have an exact plan for where you want to go in life, your professors will continue to challenge you and help you build on the knowledge needed to be successful in your individual area. If you are still unsure about where life's journey is taking you at this point, know that many students begin college with one major in mind and learn that they are better suited for another. I want you to know that the Office of Career & Professional Development in the Paul L. Foster Success Center offers assessment tools that will match your strengths to the major or professional path that is best suited for you. In addition, they offer information on job shadowing, networking, resume writing, interviewing and job searching. Call 254-710-3771 to set up an appointment today. Participating in internships, undergraduate research, and leadership opportunities is every bit as important as the courses you choose.

    GET CONNECTED — Additionally, involving yourself in the university community is a way to create balance in your life. There are over 275 active student groups on campus meeting together around academic interests, special interests, areas of service, and more. Plan to attend Late Night on Friday, August 30th to explore these opportunities. While you don't want to overextend yourself, it is important that you find a peer group that will help you to meet others who have interests similar to yours. A group of this sort can be a very important source of support and guidance.

    COMMIT TO EXCELLENCE — Finally, I encourage you to commit the time and attention necessary to reach your goals. Even when the nights get long and disappointments occasionally arise, stay focused and don't give up. Utilize the office hours of your professors, connect with study groups, work with your academic advisor, and engage in tutoring services available through the Success Center.

We challenge you to excellence in your academic work and personal endeavors at Baylor. On behalf of the faculty and staff, we commit ourselves to helping you develop a coordinated set of experiences to help you navigate towards a graduate program or your first job.

If you want to talk about your personal Baylor journey, please don't hesitate to contact the Paul L. Foster Success Center at 254-710-8212. We look forward to working with you and wish you every success in this upcoming school year.


Sinda Vanderpool, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

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