Monday, March 13, 2017

Internships, Hourly work, Travel, Oh My!

Summer is right around the corner. Your student has many options to choose how to spend their summer.
Should you look for an internship, a job, take some time to travel? The possibilities are endless.
Thankfully our Career services can help your student make these tough decisions.
Career Serivices Staff
St. Scholastica's Career Services is committed to inspire and engage students in exploring, developing and pursuing individual career paths and meaningful work. Contact us for help and support.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning – What is it? Why is it important?

During their college experience, students are developing a “record of achievement” that will be evaluated by employers and graduate schools as they move beyond college.  There are several pieces of this record:
  • ·         Academic achievement.  The grade point average (GPA) is one factor considered by competitive employers and graduate schools.
  • ·         Responsible work experience.  In today’s competitive employment market, many employers seek students who have related internship, summer, part-time job, or volunteer experiences.  These experiences are particularly critical for liberal arts students whose majors may not appear to be directly related to their areas of career interest.
  • ·         Responsible involvement outside of the classroom.  Extracurricular activities provide the opportunity for students to gain many valuable and career-related skills, such as work effectively in a team environment, leadership, planning and organizational skills, and priority-setting and time management.  These are part of the package or skills employers seek in their new hires.

Most employers today put more emphasis on graduates’ skills than on their academic majors and many rate leadership activities even more highly than GPA.  Encourage your son or daughter to develop strengths and skills through participation in work, extra-curricular activities, leadership positions in student clubs, volunteering, service learning opportunities, internships, etc.

Monday, February 20, 2017

It is time to start thinking about Summer and Fall Housing

It may only be February but the time is now to think about where your student will be living over the summer and next Fall.
Our Residential Life Website has many helpful links to help you and your student make a plan! Check out the information below:

Welcome to Residential Life!

You should expect to have a rewarding, enjoyable educational experience living on campus. You will be meeting, living, and learning with a wide diversity of people, people from many cultures, faith backgrounds and personal experiences. Our efforts and programs are designed to provide students opportunities to further explore important questions that shape their general education experience:
  1. Who are we as a College community?two women giving smiles of welcome
  2. Who am I?  Who am I becoming?
  3. How am I in community with my neighbors?

Our Mission

In keeping with the mission of the College and the Benedictine tradition, the Residential Life Team of the College of St. Scholastica is committed to providing a growth-oriented living situation for students choosing campus housing. Additionally, the Residential Life Team seeks to facilitate students' transitions to interdependent living away from home through the encouragement of owned, responsible decision-making while also functioning as a support network and as a resource base.

Helpful Links


Monday, February 6, 2017

Time to start thinking about Spring Break

What is your student during Spring Break?
Have they thought about taking a trip? Review these tips below from the Centers for Disease Control.

Spring Break Health and Safety Tips

happy people at the beachMake this year's spring break memorable by having fun and helping yourself, your friends, and others stay safe and healthy.

Limit alcohol.

If drinking alcohol is part of your break, remember that it can impair your judgment and actions. Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and nonfatally injure someone every two minutes. Don't drink and drive. There are plenty of non-alcoholic alternatives.

Be active.

You've probably been sitting most of the year working at the computer, studying, or in class. During the break, take the opportunity to start a fitness program. Do a variety of fun activities like walking, dancing, playing volleyball, swimming, and more. It doesn't need to be hard to be beneficial. Avoid injury by starting any new activity slowly. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles.

Plan a successful trip.

If you are going on a trip, be prepared. Are vaccinations required? Are there special food, destination, or other things you need to consider ahead of time? If you are taking medications, do you have enough for the trip? Know what's happening en route or at your travel destination.

Protect yourself.

Love is all around, and so are sexually transmitted diseases. The only 100% sure way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy is by not having sex. If you choose to have sex, using latex condoms and having a monogamous, uninfected partner may help lower your risk.
Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence than men. Women who experience both sexual and physical abuse are significantly more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases. Take precautions and avoid situations or persons that may place you at risk for harm.

Watch your step.

There may be temptations on your break that involve different or high-risk activity. Think twice before putting yourself at risk for injury. Be sure to use appropriate safety gear before venturing out, such as seat belts, life vests, or knee pads. Remember that unintentional injuries kill more Americans in their first three decades of life than any other cause of death. In fact, injuries (both unintentional and those caused by acts of violence) are among the top ten killers for Americans of all ages.

Protect your eyes.

If you wear contact lenses, practice healthy wear and care tips, even when you’re on vacation. Carry a spare pair of glasses and contact lens supplies with you so you can take out your contacts safely when you need to. Remove contacts before swimming, as exposing contact lenses to water can lead to painful, sometimes blinding eye infections. Always take your contacts out before bed, even if you’re up late or traveling. Sleeping in contact lenses has been linked to serious eye infections.

Know the ropes.

When swimming and boating, know what's expected and what you can do to prevent injury or death for yourself and others. Know how to swim. Wear your life jacket while boating. Avoid alcoholic beverages while boating. Complete a boating education course. Participate in the vessel safety check program.

Protect yourself from the sun.

After a cold winter, it's tempting to stay in the hot sun all day. Although getting a little sun can have some benefits, excessive and unprotected sun exposure can result in premature aging, changes in skin texture, and skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15. For eye protection, wear wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection.

Eat healthy.

Having fun takes energy and fuel. Be sure to eat a variety of foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products. Also include low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, and legumes. Drink lots of water and go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol, and saturated fat. Good nutrition should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, not smoking, and stress management.

Be smoke-free.

Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Just 20 minutes after smoking that last cigarette, your body begins a series of positive changes that continue for years. Quitting is one of the best things you can do for yourself and others.

Get help.

If you or a friend has an alcohol or drug problem, has thoughts of suicide, or is in crisis for any reason, get help. Call 911 for emergency services, 800-662-4357 for substance abuse help, and 800-273-TALK (8255) for the national suicide prevention lifeline.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Job Fairs and Resumes

     February is a big month in Career Services.  Two of the biggest career fairs take place during this month, even though it is not on many students radar yet.  We encourage students to create and update their resume in order to be prepared for the fairs and any upcoming career opportunities. You may want to check with your student to see if they have considered attending one (or both) of the fairs and have their resume updated.  Here are a few tips that may help them with resumes:
  •            If possible, limit resume to one page. 
  •            Use bullet formatting.  Employers generally scan resumes in 15-30 seconds.  Make it as clear and easy to read as possible.
  •            Skill based.  Employers are not as interested in what you did, but how you did it.
  •            Resumes should be clean and error free (no typos).  Proofread several times or have others look at it.
  •            No Templates – you’ll thank us later!  Templates can be restricting and you may want full control of all formatting.

 Resume resources are available at, by email at, or stop by T2150.

Head of the Lakes Job & Internship Fair at UW-Superior is February 8th  (shuttle available)

Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair is February 22nd & 23rd (prearranged interviews day two of the fair) at the Minneapolis Convention Center (shuttle available)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Alcohol and Drugs on Campus

Check Point
Despite how progressive or informed we as parents are, the fact is that drugs and alcohol on campus are more common than even we think.
•College students drink an average of 5.81 alcoholic beverages per week.
•25% of all college students report academic problems because of alcohol use.
While our first choice as parents may be to urge our students not to drink, this isn’t always realistic. What we can do is continue the conversations we began in high school about how intoxication by drugs or alcohol decreases inhibitions, increases aggressiveness and impairs judgment. Moreover, studies suggest that college students tend to overestimate the level of drinking among their peers, potentially leading them to drink at higher levels.Together with your son or daughter, discuss ways they can enjoy a social or athletic event responsibly and legally.
The more a student drinks the lower his or her overall GPA is likely to be.
All colleges and universities have codes of conduct and policies regarding behaviors and expectations. As part of this code, each campus has a policy that addresses alcohol use. This policy will include information about the national legal drinking age of 21. When you attend orientation, ask about alcohol policies and how they are enforced, including any parental notification policies that would come into play if your student violates a policy.
If your child feels pressure to drink but prefers not to, provide a “face saving” way to participate in parties. A club soda – or any non-alcoholic drink – with a lemon or lime looks like a cocktail.
If during the transition period your son or daughter has a difficult time adjusting to school or is preoccupied with parties, you must respond. Express your concern and remind your child of the mutual expectations you discussed before school began. Ask what else is going on — perhaps they are trying to cope with a problem, such as loneliness, fear of failure or depression. Encourage your child to take advantage of the many campus resources available to help.
Drug and alcohol abuse are a common symptom of many mental health conditions like depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. If you sense your child is having a problem with drugs or alcohol or may be self medicating, make sure to address the cause of the problem and not just the behavior. Substance abuse and emotional issues are a dangerous combination. Click here to learn more about the signs of distress.

Monday, January 16, 2017

College & Stress

Stress is a normal part of life, especially during periods of transition and uncertainty. But the transition to college can be stressful for a host of reasons. The recent American College Health Association National College Health Assessment showed stress, more than physical illness, lack of sleep or concern for friend or family, was the single biggest hindrance to academic performance at college.
Sometimes parents and other adults tend to idealize their college experience and remember it as an idyllic time when they had few worries or responsibilities. But today’s college students face a barrage of pressures: greater academic demands, exposure to new people and temptations, the prospect of life after college, and more. Parents should recognize that, while a certain level of stress is healthy and can be motivating, excessive stress can cause real problems.
Common College Student Stressors:Fast Fact
Motivating or Limiting?
Students struggling with their emotional health may find it difficult to navigate the stresses and challenges of college. Click here to learn the signs of excessive stress.
  • Continual and mounting academic demands
  • Trying to make friends
  • Being on one’s own in a new environment
  • Relationship issues, including dating and changes in family relationships
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Exposure to new people, ideas, and temptations
  • Awareness of one’s sexual identity and orientation
Fortunately, the majority of stress your child will experience will be helpful and stimulating. Experts agree that, if balanced correctly, stress can be a positive element that increases our self-awareness and productivity. While some sources of stress cannot be avoided, others can be prevented or diminished. Discuss with your child how to tell the difference so that unnecessary stressors can be minimized.
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