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Landing an internship or getting an interview is often about who you know. As an Ole, you’ll have access to the St. Olaf Alumni Directory, a great source of contacts with alumni ready and willing to help you make connections, get great internships, find interesting jobs, and think through your career. Naturally, you have to supply the ambition, but if you’ll take the first steps, the Ole network can take you far. Scott Woodside ’13 just graduated and is starting his first job with Cargill. Here’s how he made the connections…
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Internships can be a huge part of your St. Olaf education. Some students do one or two, others do a series of internships to explore lots of different careers and organizations. Through the Career Network for Oles, you’ll have an easy way to connect to alumni interested in sharing their experiences and opening doors. Lucy Casale ’13 did a half dozen internships to get incredible experience in media and journalism. Check out her story in the video below.
Explore more of what experiences the Piper Center for Vocation and Career can provide, and visit them on campus in the fall!
Zoey here! I’m back for the summer before my senior year working on programming for St. Olaf’s sustainability projects.
One of the topics we’ve talked about is college students’ relationship with materialism. The summer before your first year of college can be especially filled with new “stuff.” Between the staggering lists on blogs and the aisles of “necessities” at Target and IKEA, buying all you need for college can seem overwhelming. Now that I’m heading into my senior year at St. Olaf, I think back to the dozens of bags and rubbermaid bins I stuffed into my family’s Suburban and cringe. Most of the stuff I brought to college I ended up throwing away, losing, or stowing in my limited closet space. Looking back, I wish someone would have provided me a different list: Things Not to Bring to College.
Why should you limit the amount of stuff you bring?
First, it’s cheaper! You’ll undoubtably save money if you purposefully try to limit the amount of material things you bring to college. Remember that even though Northfield’s a small town, we do have a Target and a Kmart close by, so you can always pick up anything you need as the year progresses.
You’ll also save a lot of space. St. Olaf dorm rooms are spacious, but they’re still dorm rooms! If you reduce the amount of stuff you bring, you’ll have less to clean up and less to try to stuff under your bed or in your closet.
Perhaps most importantly, you’ll reduce your environmental impact. When we purchase new products, companies respond by using more plastic, water, and energy to create more products. When we keep buying new, we perpetuate a continuous material cycle that strips the earth of natural resources. In many ways, choosing to buy less and bring less to college disrupts this consumer culture.
So what shouldn’t you bring to St. Olaf?
- An alarm clock. If you have a cell phone, you probably don’t need an alarm clock. Most students just set the alarm on their phone! When you leave your alarm clock plugged in 24/7, it continuously sucks energy, making it an unnecessary drain on the environment.
- A printer. St. Olaf uses “StoPrint,” which is a campus wide network printing system. Every student gets printing money on their card every year, and you simply need to swipe your card at any printing station (they’re in every academic building, every dorm, and most other places on campus) and pick up your paper on the way to class.
- A desktop computer. Unless you’re doing some serious multitasking, a desktop computer is completely unnecessary. Even if you don’t have a laptop, there are computer labs all over campus that run Mac and Windows and have programs like Photoshop and the Microsoft Office Suite.
- A vacuum cleaner, iron, other cleaning supplies. Every dorm has a vacuum, brooms, irons, and other cleaning supplies to check out for free.
- Pots, pans, and other cooking supplies. Each dorm also has cooking supplies in every kitchen (plus, you probably won’t be cooking much. Our food is awesome!)
- Mini-fridge. I know this will be controversial, but mini-fridges are a huge waste of energy. Every dorm has a big communal refrigerator, and you can usually trust other Oles not to eat your food. If you don’t want to use the dorm fridge, consider sharing a fridge with a neighbor, or buying a used fridge from an upperclassman when you get to campus. Chances are you’ll save money by buying used!
- Two sets of sheets. Most lists I read when I was buying my college supplies recommended buying two sets of sheets, “Just in case.” Honestly, I never used my second set of sheets once! Just wash your sheets every few weeks, and you’ll be fine with one set.
- A bike. This is another item that may cause some disagreement, but hear me out. St. Olaf rents bikes for free from the library for any student. You just check them out like you would a library book! Besides, in Minnesota you usually only end up with a few months of nice weather anyway. Unless you’re planning on joining the Cycling Team or the Triathlon Team, leave your bike and save some car space!
- Hundreds of pens, notebooks, and looseleaf. Wait until you sign up for classes during Week One before you buy any school supplies. Often you’ll sign up for a few classes that don’t require notes, use a workbook, or recommend electronic notes. You can always buy what you need at the bookstore or at Target later.
- A fan. This depends on the year, but most of the time you can get away with not purchasing a fan. Generally it’s only hot in September, and the rest of the time fans go unused.
Interested in a program that helps you better understand your relationship with material culture? Sign up for this year’s Environmental Conversations program!
Plus, be sure to check out St. Olaf’s SustainAbilities website and Facebook page to keep up to date on sustainability projects. Watch for the Ole Thrift Shop in the fall! You can buy gently used things from other students to save money and reduce your impact.
You know you’ll get a great education at St. Olaf. What you might not yet be thinking about is the value of the connections you’ll make. The Piper Center for Vocation and Career will help you connect to Ole alumni working in many different industries, companies, and organizations across the country. One of the Connections programs in Ole Law. In the video below, Will Raun ’14 will tell you more…
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Congratulations! After at least one year of the search, apply, wait, and decide process… you’re an Ole. You will soon adopt an affinity for black and gold and in a few months, move to campus to begin your lives as St. Olaf students.
In the coming few days, you’ll receive a postcard with information on deadlines and how to find the Destination St. Olaf page. The forms and tests formally go live on June 1st.
So, what’s next? Here’s a quick look ahead to see what’s coming up:
Due June 1st: your second enrollment deposit of $300 (do it via your applicant status page or by mailing a check).
Due June 15th: the roommate preference form
Due July 1st: the advising questionnaire (remember: you meet your adviser and do first semester registration during Week One – so there’s no registration during the summer).
Due July 1st: the music interest and information questionnaire
Due July 15th: the checklist of registration holds (you’ll learn about this soon)
Due July 29th-August 1st: Course choice submission and registration for Writing 111 or Religion 121 for the fall semester (you’ll be able to see all the options for each required first-year course and mark your first, second, and third choices)
Due August 15th: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment
In the meantime, connect with your future classmates on the St. Olaf Class of 2017 Facebook page, and check the St. Olaf Admissions page for updates throughout the summer. If you visit campus in the summer, chronicle your time here with #stolaf17 on Twitter and Instagram.
The Admissions Office has loved working with this class, and the Dean of Students and Residence Life Offices look forward to working with you as questions arise about your upcoming transition to life on the Hill. Congratulations on making your decision and good luck in your preparation for Move In Day on August 31st.