August 20, 2018
Once my kid gets into college, we can all relax, right?
Not according to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni - and not according to us at Priority Candidates!
Whether it’s the value of forging relationships with professors, seeking out leadership roles in school organizations, or gaining the skill to convey a powerful story, Bruni’s research supports the very same priorities in our work with students.
Parents and students can feel their work is done once they get into college - that all their efforts in high school to gain entry to that desired school paid off and they’ve hit the finish line. But making it through college these days, for personal and academic fulfillment and professional preparation to launch a career, is a journey that begins day one of college - and continues until that diploma is in hand. It takes a plan and it takes a circle of people who know and care about a student to set them on their way toward a satisfying life.
Some highlights of Mr. Bruni’s article that really resonate with us for our clients include:
“How a student goes to school matters much, much more than where…The wisest students, move into a peer relationship with the institution rather than a consumer relationship with it.”
“My focus is on optimal ways to socialize, to prioritize, to pick up skills integral to any career and to open up exciting opportunities both en route to a degree and after you’ve acquired it.”
“The most influential thing I did here was find mentors,” U.N.C.-Chapel Hill Carolina Covenant scholar grad.
“You’re trying to shape a life that leads you to a happy place,” says Andrew Delbanco, author of “College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be.”
“The best moment in a workplace meeting belongs to the colleague who tells the best story.”
Frank Bruni’s research not only sets students up for a more satisfying undergraduate experience, but also propels new graduates on a path that helps them more effectively launch their careers. The advice he shares aligns perfectly with our work at Priority Candidates.