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Advising Practicum

The Advising Practicum is a full-day series of workshops and sessions that, during your first three semesters, begins with the Initiatives advising workshop, held at the opening of advising week. It is designed to help you get the most out of your education by reflecting on your educational experiences and interests and developing a self-directed and personally rewarding course of study. The morning sessions help you to plan an educational trajectory that suits your goals and interests, and to take full advantage of the opportunities and resources available. The afternoon is devoted to activities and discussions that will enable you to explore specific majors, minors, and paths toward careers or future studies.

Special interest sessions

Based on the interests and goals that they articulate in the Initiatives advising workshop, students identify two special interest sessions that they want to attend. These sessions are directed at helping students make informed, thoughtful decisions about what they’d like to achieve in the years ahead, and to take proactive steps toward reaching their goals. The sessions focus on themes such as:

  • Aspiring beyond Beloit
  • Answering the “So what?” question
  • Finding balance and health
  • Planning your curriculum
  • Making and leveraging connections

Exploring majors and minors

The afternoon of the Advising Practicum is devoted to majors and minors. Departments host discussions and panels that explore such topics as current issues in the field, upcoming course offerings, career and graduate school options, exciting work by current students and alumni, and major-specific educational opportunities, such as options for Liberal Arts in Practice experiences. If students haven’t yet decided on a major or minor, they attend different sessions to learn more about disciplines and interdisciplinary programs that interest them. Faculty in those areas are available to answer questions and help students explore their interests.