Senior Year –
Implement and Move On
with permission from Beloit College's Advising Manual
For some students, the
senior year is a year for moments to treasure; for others this year will
be their most stressful time at Monmouth College. Advice may therefore
vary from “Remember, this year does count on your transcript” to
“Monmouth College students have an amazing record of finding employment.
You are well qualified and will find a job.”
fulfilling occupation after graduation
how Monmouth College's mission, general education program, and the
majors all tie together.
Personal and Social
Goal sheet. Fill out a
Are you having
extracurricular activities are you involved in now?
Do you need any
help from me?
Do you feel that
you have completed what you set out to do while at Monmouth College?
College been a good place for you?
Sum up the student’s strengths and accomplishments as you’ve come to
see them as his/her adviser.
Are you happy with
What interests are you
developing, academic and otherwise?
Have you done a
degree audit with the Registrar?
remain for the major?
How can you
improve your GPA? (if low)
Are you going to
do a Special Project? Research? Honors Thesis?
Do you know about/
have you considered an Honors Term Post-Baccalaureate Year at MC?
Are you completing
the goals you set out in your
goal sheet? How are your
plans changing? Give the student a new goal sheet to fill out and
place in the folder.
How do your
current general education courses tie in with your general education
courses from your first year? What is the mission of the college?
How is Monmouth College fulfilling this mission in your college
Points: The Future
Are you applying
to graduate school or will you be seeking employment after Monmouth?
Where are you in
the preparation and application process?
Are you applying
Whom will you give
as references? I would be glad to help…..
Have you been
The Wackerle Center to
resume and interviewing
skills? How else can they help you?
Keep in touch!
With me (how?);with the department (how?); with the College (e.g.
through your permanent alumni email address)
to Give to the Senior Advisee
Do a final check
on your general requirements.
Do a final check
on the requirements for your major.
resumes, so that you can
refine and finalize your own; work on cover letters, interviews, and
job search techniques.
staff, and employers to write reference letters.
students typically give their academic advisors as one of their
Don’t be afraid to
change advisors if someone else within the department would be more
Consider doing an
internship during the semester in place of a class.
Check out and
apply for scholarships, e.g. Fulbright, National Science Foundation,
Marshall, Rhodes (See Advising Practicalities Section of this
handbook: Major Scholarships)
Make sure to
review The Wackerle Center’s helpful
Graduate School page.
Plan your job
and/or graduate school strategies; develop a timetable.
Take the necessary
exams for graduate study and professional school. Information on
practice materials and study courses is available through The
applications for graduate and professional study.
information from Wackerle Center in September.
Participate in a
presentations and the job fairs.
companies, organizations and graduate programs in The Wackerle
Center and on the Internet.
Monmouth relies heavily on its alumni for support of many kinds; by
participating, you give back to Monmouth.
something to the annual fund. This is important because every
$10 adds up; moreover, a college’s effectiveness is often judged by
outside funding agencies by the percentage of its alumni which make
Sign up with
Monmouth Career Network once you have a job, in order to assist
You may continue
to use the resources and assistance of
The Wackerle Center’s Alumni Services
in the future as you change jobs or prepare for graduate school.
Monmouth alumni email periodically; have it forwarded to your
Keep us (me, the
department, the alumni office) updated on your activities; we love
to hear from alumni!