Close Page

Career and Life Calling Office reduces student anxiety

By Savanna Bottles
Dec 14, 2016

Rick Hanson, associate vice president of academic and professional success, said his interest is to help students transition from the beginning of their time at MNU to the end and beyond.

“When we created it, we really wanted it to be a career center that fit MNU,” Hanson said. “For us it was this idea of life calling that says ‘it’s not just about training you to get a job, it’s a process of figuring out [your] God-given gifts, talents, and passions.’”

Junior psychology major Haley Adams began to find relief in what life could look like after college after meeting with Christine Snyder, director of the Career and Life Calling Office. 

A student meets with Christine Snyder to discuss her options for life after graduating. All services offered by the Career and Life Calling Center are free to MNU students. Photo by Savanna Bottles.A student meets with Christine Snyder to discuss her options for life after graduating. All services offered by the Career and Life Calling Office are free to MNU students. Photo by Savanna Bottles.

“I work in the admissions office, and while we were in training we got to meet with Christine and hear about what she does,” Adams said. “She spoke in a Thursday chapel this semester and became super personal with all of us. That is definitely where I was moved to go and meet with Christine.”

Adams has met with Snyder a few times since the chapel service. In these meetings, Adams said she was not only given tools to help discover where her career path was going to go after college, but that she also felt that Snyder was intentional about getting to know her on a personal basis.

“She genuinely got to know me and who I am,” Adams said. “She made me think on a deeper level of what my life calling is and how that connects with my career after college.”

Adams said she initially sought out help from Snyder when looking for an opportunity to study abroad or for an international internship.

“She did a ton of research in different places that fit what I am looking for,”  Adams said. “She was also able to give me some tests to take to see where I best fit and what would work for me.”

On top of one-on-one meetings and support, Snyder said the center offers numerous other resources to students.

“We have tools and assessments that help you discover personality strengths, occupational strengths, skills and we help you navigate that process of finding a major,” Snyder said.

Since using these tools, Adams said she has gained a better understanding of her specific major and how it is broader than she originally thought.

“She also helped me choose what I would consider doing going into graduate school,” Adams said. “She helped me narrow down so many options which helped with my anxiety levels,” Adams said.

Adams offered some advice to students who are struggling with stress about what they are going to major in and the future of their careers.

“I recommend this to many students already. I always tell them if you're stressing or becoming anxious about the next step you need to talk to someone that cares and understands and wants to see you succeed.”


Savanna Bottles

- More by this author

Savanna Bottles is a student at MidAmerica Nazarene University and a reporter for The Trailblazer.

comments powered by Disqus
In this edition of The Forum, MNU student Brandon Baker and The Trailblazer editor-in-chief Joshua Brisco debate whether or not it is a good idea to get married while in college.

The Forum: Marriage in college?

In this edition of The Forum, MNU student Brandon Baker and The Trailblazer editor-in-chief Joshua Brisco debate whether or not it is a good idea to get married while in college. (To view The Forum at a larger size, click here.)

New head volleyball coach Christina Ludwick stands in front of last season’s Heart of America Conference championship banner. Now, Ludwick says she is seeking to build on last season’s success. Photo by Chace Owen.

MNU hires new head volleyball coach

As the first full-time coaching hire since MNU lost four head coaches this winter, Christina Ludwick is looking to keep Pioneer volleyball set for success.

Police respond to a shooting at Pulse, an Orlando Nightclub, on June 12, 2016. Omar Mateen was classified a terrorist, and no statement on his mental health was provided by the media. Photo by The City of Orlando Police Department, via Wikimedia Commons.

Holding the culture accountable

What happens when terrorists and lone wolves are separated by skin tone.

A graph showing MNU’s financial trends from the past 10 years. Student payments and grants have both increased throughout the past 10 years at MNU. Graphic by Blake Bradford.

Dealing with student debt

The reality facing MNU students and how to come out on top.


Video: Cross-breeding flies in MNU biology department

Dr. William Morrison gives insight into a fly cross-breeding experiment and sophomore biology major Carlos Guzman collects flies to determine genetic patterns. 

Donald Trump visits Hershey, Pennsylvania in December 2016 on his post-election victory tour. Trump’s rise through the Republican Party has effectively silenced any moderate voices within the party. Photo by Michael Vadon, via Wikimedia Commons.

New GOP leaves no room for middle ground

The Republican Party is becoming dangerously hostile toward moderate conservatives.

Last year’s SERVEteam Squad 66 operated under the leadership of Kevin Borger and Kayla Cook, both of whom resigned this semester. Ana Brunk and Andrew Cornelius will be returning to the team this summer. Photo by Andrew Cornelius.

SERVEteams left with uncertain leadership

The 2017 summer SERVEteams are currently without leadership following the departure of department head Kevin Borger. The teams are heading into the summer with no replacement.

Shelby Frans bats in the first home game of the season against Washburn University (Kansas). Frans said she admires the fact that interim head coach Rob Wade makes an effort to build a relationship with every player. Photo by Jim Smith.

MNU softball rides coaching carousel

With two official and two interim head coaches in eight months, softball seeks to stabilize in 2017.

The MNU track and field team poses for a photo with its new banners and trophies. Both the men’s and women’s teams won the 2017 Heart of America indoor track and field conference championships in February. Photo courtesy of MNU track and field.

Inside and out, MNU track and field in the running for titles

Track and field finishes the indoor season with two conference titles and four All-Americans.

Videos / See More