Exploration Areas

Below are tips and strategies within the main areas of academic and career exploration. The goal of these strategies and resources are to help develop your unique Identity, further your Academic and Career exploration, as well as develop your Decision Making and Goal Setting strategies in order to determine the most fulfilling majors and careers for you. 

Identity Development

“Knowing yourself is true wisdom”~Lao Tzu

  • Meet with me to discuss why you chose to attend college and HSU.
  • Complete the Possible Lives Map worksheet to learn more about your interests. 
  • Take MyPlan assessments to learn more about your personality, interests, skills, and values. (Discuss with advisor if interested.)
  • Talk with loved ones about what they think are your best qualities.
  • Look into Studying Abroad.
  • Check out this video on identity development. 

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Academic Exploration

“Education is the key to self-development and empowerment” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

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Career Exploration

“Start today creating a vision for yourself, your life, and your career. Bounce back from adversity and create what you want, rebuild and rebrand. Tell yourself it's possible along the way, have patience, and maintain peace with yourself during the process.” ~ Germany Kent

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Decision Making

"The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way." ~ Alice Waters

  • Reflect on your strongest values and how they inform your decision making. 
  • Reflect on how you have made decisions you've felt confident with in the past. What allowed you to feel confident in those decisions? 
  • Study about Decision Making Inventories.
  • Take MyPlan assessments to learn more about your personality and how that informs your decision making. 
  • Meet with me to discuss your decision making style, or help identify it.
  • Consult with other students, faculty and mentors to gain insight and advice.

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Goal Setting

“Begin with the end in mind.” ~ Stephen Covey

“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” ~ Les Brown

  • Meet with me to discuss goals and put into an individualized plan.
  • Consult with other students, faculty, and mentors to gain inspiration and motivation. 
  • Try the SMART goal format (Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Attainable, Realistic/Relevant, Timely/Tangible). 
  • Use the process, performance, and outcome model. 
  • Utilize the GROW model for follow through. 

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