Monthly Archives: September 2016

Career Worksheet to Assist the Pre-Graduation Panic

Whether you’re an anxious senior starting to imagine the “real world”, or an excited freshman thinking about your future, there’s never a bad time to think about your career path. Even if you’re already working within your career, you still have to figure out the path that will lead you to your destination. Will you stay with your current company and work your way up? Will you hop around from company to company? Will you own your own business, or become a consultant?

Picking a major and/or minor is like picking a path that may eventually lead to what you are going to do with your life. No pressure or anything. You can easily pick a major and minor (if your degree allows) by answering a few introspective questions.

The goal of choosing a career path is to hopefully end up in a profession that matches your passion. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do something that you love”?

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Some careers are easy to match with a passion. Love dancing? Be a professional dancer or dance instructor. Love art? Become an artist or art teacher. Want to help others? That’s a bit more tricky. You can help people by becoming a teacher, social worker, higher education faculty, psychologist, police officer and so much more!

Thankfully, the professional development blog, The Prepary, has a “career brainstorming worksheet” for you to fill out! You can either print it from these pictures or download it here. Hopefully you finish it with a clearer idea of the direction you might want to take in the future, and how you can use your time here at Salem State to get you there!


After you’ve done some introspection, it’s time to act on it! Visit the Majors and Minors Fair on October 11th in Vets Hall from 3-5 pm to see your future in action.



Diversity and Inclusion a Major Focus for Student Leaders

On Saturday, September 10, representatives from every student organization gathered in the Ellison Campus Center to be equipped with the information and skills to make them the best student leaders they can be in hopes of making this a successful school year. The program began with an introduction, then went into breakout sessions for each different position. Every executive board involves varying concerns and roles, so different training for each position is key. After lunch, there were two breakout sessions. The day ended with ice cream and a discussion on diversity, which tied into the themes of the day.


The “Preferred Name Policy” breakout session focused on a new development in University Law: the Preferred Name Policy. Students may have their name on the class roster, canvas, door decks, and more that they prefer to be called. Why would a student prefer another name? There are many reasons. Some of those presented by Julia Golden-Battle, Assistant Director and LGBTQ Liaison of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, included: gender identity, unsafe circumstances, and international students seeking to use their American name. Julia then delved into a discussion on gender identity and pronouns so that student leaders can set a progressive example for the students they lead on campus, as well as the campus community as a whole. Learn more about the preferred name policy here.


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To wrap up the day, we ended with diversity and some ice cream. Rebecca Comage, Director of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs introduced herself and what her office does. Through their professional, graduate, and undergraduate staff, they educate the greater university community about the different populations found here on campus and throughout the world.

According to the school website, the office…

“…strives to lead Salem State University in sustaining an active campus community that embraces difference, and values the significant contributions of all its members. Through examining the intersections of identity, our community is challenged to think critically about issues relevant to diversity and social justice. By creating strategies that support historically marginalized student populations in achieving their goals, we cultivate an environment where diversity, academic excellence, and holistic student success are inseparable.”

After a discussion on why this is key to the SSU community, the student groups discussed how they could involve more diversity in their programming, and why it’s important for them.

College is a big change, and an even bigger community. For some students, it’s a much bigger community than their high school. Joining a club or organization can help students find a group that they feel that they belong to within this vast environment. They can find their school of fish in the big ocean of college. The more inclusive said group is, the more students may feel that they belong. That’s why the emphasis on diversity during this student leadership training was so important.

How will you include diversity in your group’s programming? If you already do, how will you emphasize it more? Why do you think it’s important?


Advice for Starting College from the Stars of the 2016 VMAs

On Sunday, August 28, the MTV Video Music Awards gave us some of the most iconic VMA moments since Miley’s 2013 VMA performance. However, unlike Kanye running for president, Miley twerking, Kanye stealing Taylor Swift’s limelight, or Britney and Madonna’s unforgettable statement, the memories made at this year’s VMAs were progressive and political.

The main hosts – Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele of Key and Peele as well as the various hosts across the auditorium including Nicole Byer and Jay Pharoah made a very diverse cast. Kanye attempted to make a statement about the racial climate of our country. Stong females were honored all night long. A makeup-free Alicia Keys made a nod to MLK.

As we enter the school year, some of us are embarking on new adventures. Let’s use some key moments from the VMAs to inspire us as we dive into this school year!

Advice for this school year brought to you by the celebrities of the VMAs:

1.Walk into the room like you own it.


2. Make sure the squad is always on the same page.


3. Staying in shape is important.


4. Attack every project with enthusiasm


5. Take on a leadership role

6. Be prepared for to avoid surprises

7. Always have business casual clothes ready


8. Do your homework, go to rehearsal, go to meetings, and go to practice.


 And most importantly: