Advice from John Mountain,
associate director, Career Development Center
With bad economic reports dominating
the media, you may think that there are no jobs or internships to be
found. While this is a difficult environment, there are things your
student can do to increase his or her chances of finding an interesting—and
paying—experience this summer.
Get Started—It seems so basic,
but this is where many students stumble—the job search process seems
daunting, so it is easier not to begin. We encourage students to break
the process into small segments (e.g., prepare resume, review websites,
read job boards, talk to faculty and interesting organizations, etc.).
By moving forward in consistent increments, students can see the progress
they have made, which is motivation to continue the effort.
Get Connected—The word “networking”
strikes fear in many people, especially college students, but is the
way most positions are filled. You can help your student make this process
much easier by providing contacts you think might not only be helpful
but also approachable. Once a student has a positive networking experience,
it will get easier. The Career Development Center has an Alumni Directory
that is a resource for students to find alums in their field(s) of interest.
Get Experience—There are many
ways to do so. It might be an internship, full-time, part-time work,
volunteer experience, or a combination. The main thing is to maximize
whatever experience one gets. Many times there are opportunities for
students to assume greater responsibilities than they were initially
hired to perform. Encourage your student to look for additional ways
to improve the organization. Even if their current role does not seem
to fully test them, they can demonstrate their potential.
Meet with Career Development Staff—The
Career Development Center can help in many ways. Our services include
helping students with potential career exploration, connecting with
alumni, resume/cover letter assistance, job search strategies, interview
prep, grad school selection and applications. Please encourage your
student to stop in to our office in Kagin Commons to get started.
Visit the Career Development Center»
Room draw dates are for the 2010-11
academic year are Thursday, March 25, for rising juniors and seniors,
and Tuesday, March 30, for rising sophomores. Detailed information may
be found at macalester.edu/noplacelikehome. Call Residential Life at 651-696-6215 or
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Spring Break (Saturday, March 13-Sunday,
March 21) is fast approaching. Residence halls, on-campus apartments,
and on-campus houses will remain open. We encourage students to be more
aware of their surroundings during break as fewer students are on campus.
Cafe Mac’s last meal before break is dinner on Friday, March 12. Café
Mac will remain closed until dinner on Sunday, March 21. The Grille
will be open with limited hours during Spring Break. Students may pay
with cash, auxiliary dollars, or flex plan dollars
Missing your college student already?
Feeling the urge to send them a token of your continuing love and concern?
Why not buy them a bus pass?
The bus system in Minneapolis-St. Paul
is a great way to get almost anywhere. Students can hop on public transportation
to buy groceries, get to the airport, or just enjoy the Twin Cities.
From art galleries to parks to museums, there's no shortage of places
to go with a bus pass in hand. Local attractions such as the Mall of
America, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Como Zoo, and the Minneapolis
Institute of Art—not to mention college staples like Target—are
just a short ride away.
To buy your student a bus pass, you
could put money on their student ID with a credit card on managemyid.com. Stored value bus passes can be used until
they run out—they never expire—and come in a variety of amounts.
Semester passes can be used all semester. Check out the Campus
Center information desk website at macalester.edu/campuscenter/info for more information or call 651-696-6888.
Macalester's chapter of MPIRG (Minnesota
Public Interest Research Group) is dedicated to working on issues that
make student life more sustainable. The college subsidizes the cost
of the bus passes in keeping with our commitment to sustainability
Amy Fitzgerald '12
Natalie Pavlatos '12
About the MPIRG Coordinators:
Amy Fitzgerald is an English major
from Griffith, Indiana. Natalie Pavlatos is a political science major
from Superior, Wisconsin. Together Amy, Natalie, and the rest of their
task force have spent this semester promoting green transportation,
particularly through advocating for Complete Streets legislation (policy
that would ensure safe, accessible roads for all users and all forms
We are preparing for approximately
470 students to graduate. Commencement activities for families and friends
of graduating international seniors begin Thursday, May 13, 2010. Registration
for all other events begins on Friday, May 14, at 8:30 a.m. The Baccalaureate
service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 15, in the chapel,
followed by brunch, and commencement at 1:30 p.m. on the lawn. Live video
streaming of commencement will be available. Watch for the details on
the commencement website.
A letter will be mailed in March
with information on registering for events.
There is a correction on the commencement
web page regarding how to purchase
airline tickets through Delta Airlines.
Remind your graduate to watch his or
her email for announcements of cap and gown measurement and ordering.
The Senior Class Gift is a longstanding
tradition that encourages members of the senior class to give a gift
to Macalester in celebration of graduation. The gift committee has set
a goal to encourage participation by every member of the class. The
Class of 2009 set a record with 54 percent of the class contributing
just under $33,000. The Class of 2010 hopes to beat last year’s record.
Parents may give in their child’s name. Their gift will support the
college through the Annual Fund.
The campaign is led by a committee
of seniors including Soham Banerji, Sarah Ellerton, Dan Esrig, Dimitri
de Gama Rose, Mishal Khan, Livia Martini, Chelsea Park, Josh Paulson,
Sarah Prentice-Mott, and Helena Swanson-Nystrom.