First Year Seminar, Essay # 3
Choose one of the following and develop a 3-page, typed, double-spaced report on your findings. For either, you need to show that you have used at least 3 credible sources (no general websites, and news sources must be either Wall Street Journal, New York Times, or Washington Post. No smaller city or local newspapers).
Research a career in which you are interested. For this, you should interview someone in the field, developing 7-10 questions that can be asked/answered either in person or via email or phone. If you do not know someone in the field, ask one of your professors or friends/family for recommendations. You should also go to the research databases and find scholarly articles that analyze your field. You are looking to discover the opportunities, specialties within the field, salary range, room for growth, types of opportunities in the field, necessary skills/personality traits, degree (s) needed, duties, nonmaterial rewards, etc.
Research at least 2 colleges to which you might transfer. In addition to websites of the colleges themselves, find at least 2 outside publications (US News and World Report, for instance or one of the annual publications that list/analyze colleges) that also discuss the colleges. You are looking to find out what the college’s strengths are, the majors it offers, what type of student body it has, what the average GPA of accepted students is, the type and location of the campus, the extracurricular and other opportunities, the cost, etc.