What can I do to explore before entering SLU?
Any time spent reflecting on your future college experience is time well spent! We advocate reflecting independently and with others whom you trust. The activities below are meant to provide guidance for you and those you choose to invite into your reflection process:
Identify your current strengths and interests
The number one activity to do prior to coming to college is to reflect on what you have learned about yourself from your past experiences. Specific reflection activities may include:
Highs and Lows
Spend 10-15 minutes jotting down memories spanning from elementary school through high school where you felt confident, happy, content, or proud and then the opposite where you felt frustrated, alienated, disappointed, or hurt. After brainstorming memories, analyze what you have written. Look for commonalities among the positives and then the negatives; specifically, what skills, abilities, interests, or values are present in the positive column and/or negative column?
Interests vs. Abilities
You may have a high interest in something, but aren't sure yet in your ability. Or you may feel highly able, but are bored with the activity. Spend 10-15 minutes reflecting on your interests and abilities. Consider using the Like/Dislike v. Skilled/Unskilled diagram to help you reflect.
Get perspective from someone else
Interview a close friend or relative. Ask him/her to describe what they see in you as your strengths and interests. Note: you want to do this activity with someone who knows you well and will tell you the truth. Questions to ask:
- What do you see in me as my strengths?
- What do I highlight often as something that makes me happy?
- What do I seem to really enjoy?
- What do I struggle with the most?
Explore jobs and careers
What does an accountant do anyway? What is the difference between an "instructional designer" and "graphic designer"? Are there specific educational requirements to become a counselor?
Read about jobs by searching the job titles on O*Net, a comprehensive online database that provides information on careers such as: alternative job titles, skills, interests, competencies, and job outlook for the future.
Learn about the academic options available to you
We hope that you're considering SLU, and the many academic options we offer! Identifying programs that fit you can be difficult as each university and college use different terms to describe academic departments. You can check out what we offer at SLU by clicking here.
Word to the wise: don't judge a program based on the title! If you don't know what it is, you don't know if you like it or not.