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After spending over four years at Drake University, Johanna Determann has worked closely with students as the Assistant Wellness Director. Her goal is to teach people that wellness is more than eating your fruits and veggies and training for a road race. We asked her a couple questions about the current situation with college students…

What character trait is lacking in college students?

Citizenship. Studies, internships, jobs, and social life can easily distract students during college. This takes away from activities such as volunteering, staying informed, and getting involved in the community. Maybe you’re not interested in politics (whether it’s at your college, locally, or even globally), but it’s important to stay informed and understand the issues that will impact you. College is a rich time to find causes that you are passionate about. Get out there and be involved! Volunteering is so important; it gets you involved in your community, plus studies show it actually improves health because it gives one a sense of purpose, which can lead to lower rates of depression and more active lifestyles.

What else can students take into consideration before they graduate?

With an increase in technology usage, it appears that some college students have a hard time communicating in person. This could really make a difference in a job interview, considering lack of eye contact could imply that you may not have the confidence or communication skills appropriate in the professional world. Even when you’re communicating via email, use appropriate and professional grammar.

Ask yourself…

  • Am I involved somehow on my campus or even community?
  • What are my passions and how can I use them?
  • How am I staying informed?
  • Do I feel comfortable communicating with people?

Next week we’ll have Kelsey Jones here to give us tips on gaining momentum in the job search and which of our Six Pillars of Character to give some attention to. Stay tuned!

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