It’s not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re
Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky
– Kermit the Frog
If you are new to the College, you might feel a little bit like Kermit. Kermit believes he is made to blend in and fears his fate in life is to go unnoticed. When you get to a college as big as ours, you too might worry that it will be tough get attention, sparkle and get to where you hope to go.
The good news is that we have a whole host of things planned to help you overcome your fears and stand out in your very first semester with us. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Go to Welcome to the Majors on Friday: Welcome to the Majors is the largest face-to-face class at UCF each semester. You will get to meet a few thousand of your classmates and learn how you can use your time at UCF to create a unique you that will stand out from the crowd and get you the career you want.
2. Make a New Friend: While you are at Welcome to the Majors, make a new friend… someone who is different from you and learn from them. Part of college is about expanding your network. Another part is discovering who you really are. Neither of these things happen just hanging out with people who are the same as you (Kermit found Miss Piggy). Besides you are the average of the five people you hang out with the most. Maybe you should upgrade? We have thousands to choose from.
3. Meet Your Career Coach: You don’t have to come up with a success plan and execute it all on your own. Your career coach can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, critique your plan and give you tips on how you can expand your portfolio while you are with us. Our career coaches have worked as human resource professionals, so they know what employers are looking for in new job candidates.
4. Go to Street Smarts: No one knows better than other students how to stand out in the College. Our Ambassadors have a one hour workshop that will give you the inside story about how to make it here.
5. Join a Student Organization: We have 11 registered student organizations in the College. They can help you meet people, learn about careers and develop your leadership skills.
6. Attend The Exchange: We bring interesting people to you in The Exchange every day. People who have interesting careers, can give you insights into the real world, and can help you get a good start after school. No other college has anything quite like it.
7. Go to Street Smarts Again: We have a second version of Street Smarts after your first set of exams. Some of you will learn you need to pivot and choose a new path. This happens all the time in the College. So the Ambassadors have a workshop designed to help you out.
8. Ace your first Professional Development Course: Nobody wants to explain to a prospective employer why they got a “C” in professional development. It makes you look unfit for the world that lies ahead, because, well you are.
9. Start Thinking About Landing that First Internship: Internships tend to lead to jobs. Sometimes they teach you that you don’t want to do something you thought you did. Either outcome is good and it puts something on your resume you can talk about. Watch for workshops put on by the Office of Professional Development and learn what it takes to get invited to our Internship Invitational. You want to be there. We only invite companies who have real internships.
10. Get to Know a Faculty Member: They won’t bite. Some are even pretty cool and you will need someone other than your parents to write that letter of recommendation for you when you decide to get a job or go on to graduate school. They can only do that if they actually know you.
All this and classes too! Lots to do. Lots of opportunities to stand out. So don’t stand back in the crowd blending in…. engage.