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Positive Thinking Leads to Positive Results

Helping Your Student Make the Most of Tough Times Although forecasts predict the economy will improve this year, many college students are still worried about what their future will look like when they graduate. For this "can do" generation of students, not being able to have it all, right from the get go, can be hard to reconcile. Although most are being conscientious about how they are approaching their college education and trying to make smart decisions, it can be hard not to let the negative thinking creep in.

Encourage your student to stay positive by helping him reframe his thinking. There is so much waiting for him! Planting the seed of positivity can remind your student that the college years are meant to be enjoyed and that his life will unfold as it is meant to be.

Spending the Summer in a Positive Way Now is the time for students to consider how they will spend their summer. For many college students, securing a summer job, especially in an arena that is related to their academic major, has been tough. But your student doesn't have to spend the summer moping on the couch. Your student can do purposeful work. Encourage him to check out campus resources to find out what his summer options are. Internships and volunteer opportunities are out there for those who seek them!

Many of those college students who are securing opportunities these days are being smart about their options and thinking positively about outcomes. As your student looks ahead to the summer, encourage him to do these five things:

  • Ask a career center staff member to help him develop a sound resume that really speaks to his skills and previous experiences.
  • Keep an open mind about the types of summer experiences he can have.
  • Ask other college students how they spent their summer last year to get
  • ideas.
  • Pursue as many leads as he can and keep track of the network of connections he makes.
  • Be proactive in his approach, as opportunities will be highly sought after.

Above all else, encourage your student to maintain a positive mindset. No matter what, there are always skills that can be learned or honed. A seemingly dead-end job or position often turns into something never imagined!

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