Ideals into Practice is a Wesleyan University program that allows students to use an online portfolio to make connections between everything they are learning across academic disciplines, as well as with the practical experience they gain through extracurricular activities, campus employment, community service, athletics, study abroad and off campus internships. If you are advising Ideals into Practice students–formally or informally–they may give you access to this portfolio in order to facilitate conversation about how their interests and skills are developing during their time at Wesleyan. To begin the discussion, you may find it useful to use one or more of the prompt questions listed below and included in this introductory video.
Here are some questions you can ask to get the conversation started.
Tell me about your experience taking Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact. What did you learn about yourself?
How have you gone about choosing your courses thus far? What factors are influencing your decisions about next semester?
How did you decide what to get involved with on campus? What has your experience been like?
If you could start your time at Wesleyan over, what, if anything, would you do differently?
Are you feeling pressure to make decisions about your future? Where is that pressure coming from? How are you responding to it?
There are many ways that Wesleyan alumni have chosen to make a difference in the world. Do you feel drawn to any particular fields? Have you ruled any out? On what basis have you made those determinations?
We hope that this video will help you work with your Ideals into Practice student. If you have any questions about Ideals into Practice, see our website or e-mail Sharon Belden Castonguay, Chair of the Ideals into Practice steering committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.