Planning for the Future

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 1 December 2019

It is my senior year at OHIO! Like most seniors, my course load is primarily comprised of 4000-level classes like ISE 4120—Inventory & Manufacturing Control I (engineering) and ET 4950—Robe Leadership Institute Seminar (leadership).

However, I also took a 2000-level class—UC 2900—Post-Baccalaureate Preparation—which is required for all Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) scholarship recipients. The purpose of the class is to prepare scholars for post-graduation through personal development assignments, assigned readings, class discussions, and short presentations.

The class met weekly for eight weeks, and as a result, I learned the importance of planning for the future, whether preparing to enter the workforce or preparing for post-secondary education (e.g. law school, medical school, graduate school, etc.).

Additionally, each assignment helped me map out my dreams and aspirations on paper, instead of keeping them all in my head. Simply put, “if I can see it, then I can achieve it.” For example, one of my assignments was a Spring Plan, which outlined my last two semesters at OHIO and transformed them into action item lists. This is a transferable skill which I will use next semester, next year, and for the rest of my life. Overall, this class helped personally and professionally—I am grateful I took this class!

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