Denison
Parents and Families
January 2020
A warm hello to our Denison Family!
We hope your student has had a restful and enjoyable Winter Break. We are excited to welcome students back to campus next week. Below is some information you might find to be helpful as the Spring Semester begins.
Denison Everywhere: You’re Invited!
You are invited to attend the 15th annual edition of what has become one of Denison’s most popular traditions: Denison Everywhere. Join us on Wednesday, January 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., in more than 80 cities across the country and around the world! Learn more and register here.
Students can shake off the winter blahs at the Winter Involvement Fair
With more than 170 registered student organizations, your student can find new ways to get involved on campus at the Winter Involvement Fair from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, in Slayter Hall Student Union.
Get a fresh start to the second semester
As students start their second semester, they may have some mixed feelings. This is normal. You can find some concrete suggestions for parents to help their students here. You’ll find other ideas here, including help at the Academic Resource Center, and information about the Productivity Circle, a weekly group that helps students manage workloads and deadlines.
A message from The Knowlton Career Center
For many Denison students, the summer after their first year means getting a “job,” typically something like what they did in high school (i.e., working at a store or restaurant or serving as a lifeguard or camp counselor.)
For others, summer might involve combining a couple of options: a job for 30-40 hours a week and then some volunteer work or job shadowing to gain exposure to a potential future career field.
The first year of college is a huge adjustment, and we encourage students not to stress out about what they do this first summer, but rather just to do something that helps them build skills and provides them with an experience in a work environment of any type.
For the spring semester, we hope you’ll encourage your student to:
  • Schedule a 1:1 appointment with a Knowlton career coach. A student does not have to have a career plan all figured out before doing so — in fact, that’s the point of career coaching appointment the first couple of years — it’s a place to start the discussion about possible career fields, potential majors, and what types of experience might be of interest for the upcoming summer.
  • Start to build a résumé (or update the one they may have used to apply to college). VMock is a great tool to help students do this! It utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to review and score (and then improve) a résumé.
  • Sign up for Wisr, our alumni networking platform. Using Wisr, students can learn more about a field or industry and can ask alumni questions such as “How did you end up in X Industry with a major in Y?” or “What advice would you give me about selecting a major knowing what you know now?”
Finally, we’d appreciate it if you would remind your student to read the Knowlton Note (published every Monday.)
As a reminder, you can get connected to the Knowlton Center as well!
Here’s to a great second semester for both you and your student! 
We’re here for you!
And we wish you and your student a relaxing end to Winter Break and a healthy start to the Spring Semester.
Go Big Red!
Kristy Barngrover Clear ’10
Senior Associate Director of Alumni & Family Engagement
Office of Alumni & Family Engagement | 740-587-6634 | denison.edu/parents
Denison University, 100 West College Street, Granville, OH 43023 | 740-587-0810 | denison.edu
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