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Fall Forward


1 Arts & Sciences Checklist

Touch base with your four-year advisor before going abroad.

Prepare to register for the Fall Semester:

Update your planner.

Email both your four-year and major advisors with a list of proposed courses for authorization. Visit the Junior page on the College of Arts & Sciences: website:

There are checklists, FAQs, and links to a variety of resources.

Strive to make summer plans this Fall and over Winter Break before going abroad.

Make time lines.

2 Engineering Checklist

Students planning to apply to the Engineering BS/MS program need to keep the September 1 senior deadline in mind.

Registration still operates the same way:

Please email your faculty advisor BEFORE your registration date with a list of proposed courses for the next semester to receive authorization for registration. If you arrive on the partner campus and a class you plan to take is cancelled: Notify Melanie Osborn right away. She and Tobin Harris (Associate Registrar) can help you secure a replacement course.


Competitive National Scholarships For students interested in post-graduate scholarships for study both inside and outside the U.S. Your experience abroad combined with your academic coursework may make you competitive for national fellowships. Some fellowship deadlines will happen while you are away in the spring semester.

For Juniors Only:

Some competitions have early Spring 2016 WU deadlines. (February 1st): Beinecke, Udall Are you planning on applying for a Fulbright, or any UK pos-graduate fellowships? (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill) If yes, then you will need to prepare your applications in the summer before senior year.

Competitions with early Fall 2016 senior year deadlines.

Preparation in summer BEFORE senior year: Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Gates, Fulbright. See descriptions of these fellowships here:

4 Many post grad fellowships require letters of recommendation. Decide who is on your support team before you go so that you can have conversations before you leave about your plans, and how they can support you with a letter. Make sure you alert your letter writers to all the WU nomination logistics and deadlines. Don’t forget to think about your abroad instructors as possible letter writers and where appropriate, make “the ask” in person before you leave your abroad experience.

To Do While Abroad:

Contact your potential recommenders in the Spring 2016 semester. Alert them of your application plans and timelines.

Secure letters from abroad faculty while you are there. Contact Dean McClelland and Dr. Suelzer (Fulbright) in the early spring to be placed on an email list for helpful tips and information about the application process and WU nomination timeline.

Apply to many to cast a wide net!


Pre - Health Intending to apply to a pre-health program the summer you return?

Talk to your prehealth advisor now.

Make sure you have a plan. You need to do almost all of the work for your application before you leave the country!

Consider a gap year, which gives you time to reflect on your experiences abroad & integrate them into your application narrative. Ways you can make the most of your time abroad:

Journal about your experiences & reflect on what interpersonal competencies you are developing.

Look for opportunities to learn about the health care system in your host country, & research how it is similar to, or contrasts with the US system.

6 If you do not have a Pre-Health Advisor. email:

Need Ideas for how to spend your Gap Year? Start here:

What should I do with the remainder of my summer when I return to the States?

Have a thin spot in your application portfolio? This is a great time to jump-start community service or clinical work that you will continue into your senior year. Developed a new interest or perspective abroad? Find a way back home to go deeper and enhance that. Remember that you can skype with a Career Center Advisor for summer and gap year planning. (314) 935-5930


Pre - Graduate

Intending to apply to a graduate or professional program the summer you return?

Before going abroad:

Check in with a pre-graduate advisor.

Pre-Graduate Advising Sessions: Sign up here:

8 While abroad remember:

Declare your intent to write a senior thesis (if applicable). Journal or log your day-to-day experiences. Record everything, even those cultural experiences that are confusing, frustrating & uncomfortable. When you return:

Meet with your pre-graduate, major & four-year advisors. Look for pre-graduate & study abroad workshops aimed at helping you to process your experiences.


Pre - Law All those considering law school should: Make sure you are on the pre-law email list (if not, sign up on the WUSTL pre-law webpage)

If you intend to apply to law school in FALL of your senior year:

Request two faculty letters of recommendation either in person before you leave campus this fall (preferable) or by email in the spring.

Draft your personal statement over the summer.

Meet with a pre-law advisor when you return to campus for your senior year.

Plan to take the LSAT by no later than the September 2016 (the December 2016 test date is late in the admissions cycle).

Complete your applications by early November 2016 (to take advantage of rolling admissions).

10 If you intend to take a gap year (or more):

Take the LSAT whenever you feel best prepared for it, but no later than early fall of the year you apply (LSAT scores are good for five years).

Request two faculty letters of recommendation before you graduate; they can be kept on file by LSAC or the Career Center, or by the pre-law coordinator in the College of Arts & Sciences.

If you wish, meet with a pre-law advisor before you graduate; pre-law advising services are also available to alumni.

Complete your applications by early November of the year in which you apply.


Time Line Before You Leave The Semester before you leave:

Be in contact with your Four-Year Advisor

Plan your schedule for the semester you plan to return

Make summer plans for when you return

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12 Once You’re Abroad

Enjoy your time - take in local culture & experience new things

Journal about your time away.

Be in contact with people back home.

Write down your experiences & take photos whenever you can








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Internship Keep in mind that employers who have established, structured internship programs may not be flexible regarding internship length – so broaden your view about your summer options. These types of experiences come in a variety of forms. Not only through internships (service, shadowing, informational conversations, research, etc.) For example, if you were interested in an internship at a large public relations firm yet they have strict internship guidelines:

Volunteering at nonprofits or smaller agencies will still allow you to gain valuable skills.

Do not underestimate the power of a summer job. Current employers have said that recent college graduates lack real world experience and soft skills.

Any paid work experience - summer camp, resturants, clothing stores, etc. - help enhance interpersonal skills.


Internship Search

Gather information and conduct your search

Start now by beginning to identify your interests.

Develop a target list of organizations/people.

Contact people and organizations and ask questions to learn more about the possibilities.

Tap into the networks of your parents, friends, professors, former supervisors, advisors, etc.

Offer to conduct interviews via Skpe or over the phone at their convenience

Sharpen your skills

Get resumes and cover letters reviewed by an advisor or a Career Peer during walk in hours. (walk-in hours are M-F from 11-5pm)

Sign up for mock interviews with an advisor for practice whether you have an interview scheduled or not.

Meet with an advisor to learn how to request and conduct informational interviews or inquire about a shadowing experienceal Programs.


Notes for Your Job Search

Fall Recruiting:

You should search CareerLink for postings & events by late August. If you have not already started researching industries or networking, you will need to start. These industries also tend to recruit for internships in the fall.

Industries that typically recruit in the fall my include: Finance & Investment Economic Analysts: Actuary Management Consulting Computer Science / IT Pharmaceutical Retail Merchandising Federal Government Fellowships Engineering:

Defense, Manufacturing, Transportation, Research & Biomedical

16 Spring Recruiting:

Most organizations tend to hire real-time, meaning they look for candidates who can fill open positions right away. You can begin searching for these postings in late winter or early spring. Use your energy & time during the fall semester to take the critical first steps of self assessment, research and informational interviewing.

Industries that typically recruit in the spring may include: Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations Legal Assistants Engineering: Consulting Nonprofit & Advocacy Elementary & Secondary Schools Museums & Cultural Institutions Architecture Firms Transitional Programs


Job Search Timeline READY?

Assess Your Interests & Explore Your Options

What are your interests, values and skills?

Arrange informational interviews to learn about various professions.

Participate in meaningful experiences. (Internship, research and career-related service, leadership, & projects) Take assessments. (Strong, MBTI, StrengthsQuest, etc.)

Focus Your Search & Identify Two or Three “Target” Areas

Identify geographical areas. (eg. Washington D.C.)

Identify employment sectors. (eg. Nonprofit)

Identify types of employers. (eg. children’s advocacy)

Identify specific organizations. (eg. Children’s Defense Fund)

18 SET...

Activate Your Job Search

Read job postings on organization’s websites.

Attend employer information sessions.

Manage Your Search

Maintain an organizational and time management system.


Tailor application materials and apply for opportunities.

Follow-up on applications, when possible.

Send thank you notes within 24-48 hours after interviews.

Continue to network and meet with a career advisor, as needed.


Transitional Programs Those who go abroad are sometimes excellent candidates for formal transitional programs domestically or internationally. Are you?

Domestic Service Programs AmeriCorps: Intensive commitment

to service through City Year, FEMA Corps, VISTA, and other programs. Includes living stipend and monetary award for graduate education.

City Year: City Year works to bridge

the gap in high-poverty communities between the support the students in the communities actually need and what their schools are designed to provide. In doing so, they help increase graduation rates across the country, and make an impact in the lives of the students served.

Teach for America: Recruits

individuals to teach for two years in low-income communities in the U.S.

20 Transitional Work Programs Assistant de Langue Vivante (Language Assistant in France):

Participants are placed in primary or secondary schools or teacher training colleges to serve as English tutors and work alongside educators for sevennine months.

Coro Fellows: A full-time nine month

graduate-level experiential leadership training program with temporary placements in government, labor, non-profit, and more. This organization offers

information about social impact jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET): Participants come

to Japan for one year contracts as an Assistant Language Teacher (no Japanese necessary), Coordinator for International Relations (Japanese proficiency required) or Sports Exchange Advisor.

KIPP: KIPP teaching fellowships

and residencies provide aspiring teachers with professional development, mentorship, and classroom experience they need before leading a classroom of their own. Details vary by location but the goal is to increase the pool of highlyeffective teachers applying for lead teaching positions in public schools across the country.

St. Louis College Advising Corps: Each spring, College Advising Corps accepts applications from

graduating seniors to serve as full-time college advisers in high-need high schools in Saint Louis. The University’s partnerships are with Clyde C. Miller Academy, University City High School, Hazelwood East High School, Sumner High School and Vashon High School. washington-university-st-louis


International Service Programs American Jewish World Service:

Offers summer volunteer programs for adults (16-24) that includes community volunteer projects in the developing world.

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service: A non-profit membership

organization of 200 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs. http://www.catholicvolunteernetwork. org

Cross-Cultural Solutions: A non-profit volunteer organization that operates service programs around the world.

Global Volunteers: A NGO that

engages short-term volunteers in local development efforts.

International Partnership of ServiceLearning: A non-profit educational organization serving students and organizations around the world by fostering programs that link volunteer service to academic study and the community.

International Volunteer Programs Association: An alliance of non-profit,

non-governmental organizations which are based in the Americas and involved in international volunteer and internship exchanges.

JDC Jewish Service Corps: Corps

members serve for one year in overseas Jewish communities, organizing educational, cultural, social and religious programs.

Jesuit Volunteers International:

College graduates serve two years in Belize, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, or Tanzania in direct service with the underserved.

Peace Corps: This general government agency trains volunteers to serve in 139 host countries working on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

22 Princeton in Africa: Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

Transitions Abroad: A

comprehensive web portal for work abroad, study abroad, cultural travel overseas, and international living.

Travelocity Travel for Good Grant:

Funds up to $5000 for a trip organized by volunteer travel provider partners.

United Planet: This cultural exchange

organization supports volunteers in over 150 countries who foster global understanding and friendship, support communities in need, and promote social & economic prosperity.

Up with People: This is a 6 month study program including cultural immersion, performing arts, service learning and community impact, leadership and global education. There are facilitator positions for college graduates.

Volunteers for Peace International Work Camps: This organization

promotes and supports voluntary service opportunities in the USA and abroad as an effective means of intercultural education, service learning, and community development.

World Teach: World Teach volunteers usually teach English, though placements have also expanded into other fields such as information and communication technology and environmental education.



College of Arts & Sciences:


Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo, Ph.D

Melanie Osborn

Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Junior Year Point Person Cupples II, Suite 104 Walk-in Hours: Fridays, 9:00am-Noon e: p: (314)935-7879

Fellowship & Scholarships: Grizelda McClelland, Ph.D

Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Cupples II, Suite 104 Walk-in Hours: Tuesdays, 9:00am-Noon e: p: (314)935-4937

Amy Suelzer, Ph.D

Director IAS & Overseas Programs McMillan, Room 138 e: p: (314)935-8372

Assistant Dean Engineering Student Services Lopata, Room 303 e: p: (314)935-8013

Career Center: Danforth University Center, Room 110 Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm e: p: (314)935-5930 Phone & Skype Appointments can be scheduled over winter break and while abroad.

Pre - Health: Elizabeth Heidger

Pre-health Coordinator Cupples II, Suite 104 e: p: (314)935-6897

24 Arts & Sciences Graduate School:

Transitional Programs:

Mary Laurita, Ph.D

Cupples II, Suite 104 Walk-in Hours: Fridays, 9:00am-Noon e: p: (314)935-7879

Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Cupples II, Suite 104 Walk-in Hours: Mondays, 9:00am-Noon e: p: (314)935-8667

Amy Heath-Carpentier

Assistant Director, PreGraduate School Danforth University Center, Room 110 Walk-in Hours: Mondays, 1:00pm-5:00pm e: p: (314)935-5930

Pre - Law: Kristin Kerth, JD

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Cupples II, Suite 104 Walk-in Hours: Thursdays, Noon-2:30pm e: p: (314)935-4936

Erin Risk

Pre-law Coordinator Cupples II, Suite 104 e: p: (314)935-6472

Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo, Ph.D


My Personal Timeline

Before Leaving for Study Abroad, I will talk with: _________________________________________________________




_________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________

By August 2016, I will have completed the following: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________

26 Notes:


Don’t Forget

Kitchen Items

Measuring cups & spoons Can opener A set of eating utensils Coffee & Coffee Gadgets

Around the House Pillow & Pillowcase Bathroom Linens

Miscellaneous Items Toiletries Tylenol Benadryl Band aids Sandwich Bags Sunscreen Deodorant


Durable shoes Layers

Electronic Items Kindle, iPad, Apple TV Converters/Adapters Charging Cables


Important Information

Wifi While connecting to wifi in the United States seems to be very easy in most places, wifi connections abroad seem to be more spotty, prohibitive, or expensive. Before you leave, look into generous data plans that allow you to tether your smart phone’s 3G, 4G or LTE connection with your computer. Be careful when accessing a public wireless network. Two out of Five Americans access sensitive information while accessing public wifi; you could unwillingly be exposing your personal details to hackers.

Currency Converter This information is subject to change. Please research currency exchange rates on your own.

1 US Dollar Equals

Euro JapaneseYen AustralianDollar SwissFranc CanadianDollar MexicanPeso ChineseYuan NewZealandDollar

0.90 120.08 1.41 0.97 1.33 16.87 6.37 1.59

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Fallforward 2015 issuu  

Washington University in St. Louis, Arts & Sciences, guide and resources for your time leading up to, during, and when you return from, stud...

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