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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

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

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