You’re more than halfway through your college career at High Point University, and one step closer to launching your post-grad life of success and significance. Take advantage of every opportunity to enhance your academic experience. Explore research opportunities. Nail down plans for a summer internship. Discover more ways to get involved. Attend career fairs and refine your path towards post-grad life.
To help you take advantage of all the unique and valuable resources available to you as a student, here are a few of the people who can help you make the most out of your junior year HPU experience:
1. Research director
Research expands across many horizons; it’s not limited to the sciences. Dr. Joanne Altman, director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, can show you that the skills of gathering, analyzing and presenting research are not only relevant to all majors, but also invaluable when launching your career.
The Research Rookies program offered you a chance to dive into research early in your college career. Now, you can participate in summer opportunities for research assistantships so learning unfolds year-round. And symposiums give you a chance to present as a scholar.
“Employers are looking for people who can ‘communicate within and beyond their organization,’” says Altman. “That means students need to explain their work in broad and basic terms so that anyone can understand it. By meeting with fellow researchers in diverse fields, the students learn to do that.”
Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU Provost, serves as the chief academic officer of the university and oversees all academic programs and services. Since being appointed provost in 2009, Dr. Carroll has provided guidance to each dean and led the development of four new academic schools: the School of Art and Design, the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, the Congdon School of Health Sciences and the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy.
Carroll is a champion for student success. He works with the registrar in the class registration process; ensures experiential learning programs (such as study abroad, internships, service learning and undergraduate research) blend effectively with all majors; and oversees advising and the Student Success program. He can also provide recommendation letters, career advice, and consider your feedback to help structure your program for future students.
“As Provost, I am charged with the execution of an extraordinary education for all HPU students,” says Carroll. “I have the best job in the world!”
3. Career Peer Advisor
Career Peer Advisors, or CPAs, are successful upperclassmen. They’ve been in your shoes before, and they have valuable advice on how to gain opportunities for career experience. They can help you update your resume, create an effective cover letter, and practice for interviews. In Career and Professional Development’s Four Year Action Plan, junior year is the time to establish a LinkedIn profile, attend career fairs, and research and finalize plans for a summer internship.
Whether you launch a career with a top employer, gain admission to a prestigious graduate school or build your own company, Career and Professional Development is the anchor to your academic journey.
“Our staff knows that what we do is not a transactional process,” says Bridget Holcombe, director of Career and Professional Development. “It’s a transformational process. The entire university is committed to this — helping students become who they want to be.”
4. Academic services
The Office of Academic Services provides tutorial support through undergraduate peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction tutoring and Student Success Workshops each semester. Small group tutoring is available for most 1000 and 2000 level classes. You can also receive individualized assistance in math, physics and chemistry labs.
For writing assignments, visit the Writing Center, which is located in five locations across campus. The Writing Center provides writing assistance to every student at any stage in the writing process for academic papers, from invention through revision. Writing Center tutors can help you develop strategies for improving your writing in light of your assignments, instructors and writing styles.
5. Graduate admissions coordinator
Your junior year is also the time to research graduate and professional schools if you are considering pursuing an advanced degree after graduation next year. Graduate Admissions at HPU can help you prepare to pursue graduate degrees in business, education, communication, physician assistant studies, pharmacy, physical therapy and more.
Get to know the Graduate Admissions team because they can answer any questions you may have about application deadlines, admission requirements and admission advantages offered to HPU undergraduate students who apply – including the fifth year master’s programs exclusive to HPU students.
“We enjoy meeting with HPU undergraduate students to offer suggestions and tips that may help them in the pursuit of graduate education,” says Andrew Modlin, associate vice president of graduate admissions. “We also let them know about advantages that are only available to them. For example, some of our programs enable HPU juniors to apply early for graduate study, so that they have a conditional acceptance to graduate school in hand before their senior year.”