On Wednesday Sept. 16, hundreds of sophomores flocked to Coray Gymnasium for the kickoff event of the new Canvas program. The meeting was put together by Dee Pierce, interim director of the Center for Vocation and Career. Mostly an introductory event, the meeting consisted of a free barbeque style dinner, a short information session and a few videos describing the course. Canvas is a five part series designed to help students explore vocation and attain the tools and connections necessary to launch careers. The course will teach students to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, help with them network and build resumes and serve plenty of good food and fabulous prizes. Pierce described the purpose of Canvas in this way: “Our vision for Canvas is to engage sophomore students early in the process of exploring their vocation and career. We believe that by beginning the thought process early in their college experience, students will become more self-aware, have ample opportunity to explore various options and be comfortable in the decision-making process that comes later in their time at Wheaton.” The next meeting, to be held on Oct. 27, is open to all sophomores. In these session, students will fill out their myStory workbooks, which unpack students’ backgrounds, help them visualize their ideal station in life moving forward and help them start down their career path. Future sessions will include networking and resume building on Nov. 18, a dinner celebrating declarations of majors with faculty and alumni on Jan. 28 and finally a day of career exploration and networking with business professionals and alumni on Feb. 24.
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