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Helping Students Balance Stress
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“I use my own example of a Permanent Incomplete my
freshman year, a D in Psychology, and many B grades in
Arabic and related areas as an undergraduate to show that
one’s success in a given field is absolutely not related to one’s
undergraduate grades but to one’s success at learning.”
—Professor, Near Eastern Studies
“Students can panic when the career path they are following
isn’t working. Often there are a variety of related fields that
might be a better fit. It is important in teaching to use
examples that illustrate some of the less- publicized careers.
When I taught physics for biology majors I illustrated points
using careers outside of pre- med: optometry (optics and
lenses), physical therapy (statics of muscles and joints),
radiology (radioactive decay and dose calculations), and
forensics (ballistic pendulum). I covered the required content
while opening their eyes to a variety of career choices. I
would always get appreciative comments from students who
discovered a new direction.”
— Director, Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute
Suggestions
Many academic departments on college campuses create
web pages, weekly emails, bulletin boards or newsletters for
majors to communicate departmental information. Students,
particularly freshmen, may find such sources of information
helpful in visualizing future jobs and finding undergraduate