Finding Yourself Abroad

Group of UVM students in Oaxaca

Being someone who wasn’t sure they were going to college, I definitely wasn’t thinking about studying abroad. But after numerous emails promising free burritos at an information session, I decided to learn more about the Oaxaca Semester Abroad.

The PowerPoint slides filled with vibrant markets, rich biodiversity, and smiling students did what they were supposed to –I now had to go to Oaxaca.

So, I bought four bottles of sunscreen, packed my bags, and left the U.S. for the first time in my life. Continue reading

Living with Intention

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Welcome to a new year, a new semester, a new day!

Let it be a great one as you lead your own life with intention.

Life does not begin when you graduate, when you grow up, when another day arrives. It is now, each moment. Poet Mary Oliver asks how “Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? There is both making the plan and the setting the intention that can help you on your way forward to the life you want to live.

Here are a few ideas as this year takes flight: Continue reading

World of Work: Nydia E. Guity ’09, Fordham Tremont Community Mental Health Center

Nydia Guity headshotNydia E. Guity ‘09
Mental Health Clinician
Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center at Saint Barnabas Hospital
New York City
Major: Social Work
Graduate Program: Fordham University – Master of Social Work

How would you describe what you do on a typical day?

I service clients for individual, family, and group therapy sessions. Topics range from how to manage depressive / anxiety symptoms to how to build and maintain healthy daily routines.

Tell us about your path to this position.

I am a mental health clinician in an outpatient clinic. At this time my goal is to obtain the License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) and start a private practice. During my time at UVM, I did not expect that I would pursue a career in social work. My plan at the time was to go back to school for a Masters in Nursing.

How did your time at UVM, both in and out of the classroom, prepare you for your position?

My time at UVM helped me become aware that social work is more than just helping people.  I learned how to work with resistance and focus on strengths in order to progress in treatment.

What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?

My advice would be to be open minded to different settings and open to learning from every experience in the field.

What was your childhood dream job?

My dream job as a child was to be a hair stylist. I always loved helping people and encouraging them to look their best. When you look good you often feel good!

Doing Good, Doing Well: The Power of Intention

Sprout in cupped hands, surrounded by soil

‘So much to do and so little time to do it!” This could be the slogan for these times with endless deadlines, constant connection, and the relentless question: “so what are you going to do with your degree?”

Yes, there are many steps to take in your career action plan.  Experience + career + experience + networking + experience…  And yet, we also need a sense of our own value & values to guide us or else the steps are scattered and become merely check-offs on a to-do list.

To steer the course of your own life, pay attention to intention! A goal is something you want to achieve. An intention is the way you want to live your life.  For example:

Goal: Get a job. Intention: Do meaningful work in the world.  Intentions express what guides you through your daily actions in support of small and big goals.

Here are five ways to claim your direction:

  1. Clarify: What matters?  People? Issues?  Doing your best?  Giving back? Paying forward?
  2. Focus: Keep your intention in mind as you move through each day.
  3. Activate; Take daily actions that demonstrate your commitment & intention.
  4. Share: Talk with others about what drives you to find others with which you can work.
  5. Acknowledge: Express your gratitude for people and interactions that support you, your intention and your career/life pathway.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver

~Holly

The Hub is here for YOU!

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Have you ever encountered the issue of needing to have experience to get experience? New grads are sometimes surprised by job descriptions for entry-level positions that include a depth of experience and skills. Fortunately, UVM is committed to helping you prepare for life after college and a rewarding career.
This fall UVM is introducing a whole new concept in student services.  At the Career + Experience Hub, it’s easy for you to learn about and pursue a wide range of opportunities, including:

  • Internships
  • Research
  • Jobs
  • Study Abroad
  • Service-learning
  • Leadership
  • Fellowships
  • Volunteering

The Career Center and campus partners are working together to share knowledge and resources to make it easy for you gain the skills you need and have the experiences you want.

Whatever your interests and passions are, come to the Hub to get started on finding an unforgettable experience, just right for you and your goals!

The Hub opens Monday, September 9, 2013!
Davis Center, room 100, down the hall from Brennan’s

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday: 10:00 am-3:00 pm

~Kala