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Opinion

March 30, 2010

Career fair leaves students hanging Angie Ruiz Photographer

ayruiz@mail.txwes.edu

With graduation approaching, job searching has become stressful. Career Services’ Career Fair was set up just in time to relieve some of that stress. Unfortunately it was a lot less beneficial to me and my career goals than I thought it would be. Career Services did their best, and called on all agencies willing to participate. This event’s organizers drowned me with email invitations and reminders, but the fair itself failed to meet my expectations. There was a lack of big name corporations and most of the businesses that were involved were outside of my career path. The traffic was light coming in and out of the Sid Richardson building, and a lot of the people walking through were not Wesleyan students. I think it’s great that others were able to take advantage of the oppor-

tunity, but I expected more Wesleyan students to be involved. These opportunities are created for us to participate in so we can make professional connections. I was disappointed in the lack of student involvement. After dressing up, perfecting a resume and showing up to the career fair, I have to say I was disappointed in the fact that none of the businesses I was interested in were taking resumes. I’m confused. What is the point of a career fair if I’m just going to be referred back to company websites? Yes, I walked out with a bag full of business cards and pamphlets, but for the little information I received I could have easily saved myself the two hours of walking around trying to find something within my interest. It didn’t seem like the companies were recruiting as much as they were marketing. They just wanted to pass out their stuff and keep the line moving. I didn’t receive a single handshake from any of the companies, and it seems that they weren’t too interested in convincing me that they wanted me

to be interested in them. There appeared to be a lack of interest from students as well as from the businesses present that day. The event reeled in only 200 students; surely more than 200 students graduating in May are looking for jobs. There were multiple tables for certain professions. Three tables were set up for police departments; even from as far away as Austin. We live in Fort Worth. I understand we have a pretty large criminal justice program, but is there such a high demand to be an officer? There were many careers that were not represented at all, such as technology, education and medical. Since most companies just referred students to their websites, the whole concept of the career fair seemed depersonalized. That is what we’ve been doing on our own already. I do not think Career Services is at fault for my lack of a positive experience. I feel the whole experience would have been much better if there was more participation present from the students, as well as from the participating companies.

Fake degrees no substitute for hard work me, and I couldn’t believe it was real. Melissa Bates I went back to Campus editor the site and read mdbates@mail.txwes.edu the introduction. After reading the information, examining A few weeks ago, I was everything on the site and perusing my Facebook feed viewing examples, I nearly reading the multitude of ar- broke down in tears. ticles from the 60 plus news This website, which is stations and newspapers I self-proclaimed as the web’s like when I saw a post about leading diploma company, a website called Phonydi- provides fake high school ploma.com. and college diplomas, fake My first reaction to this transcripts, fake certifiwebsite selling fake high cates and even fake report school and college diplo- cards. mas was to repost it with a The reason this upset me joke about how I’ve wasted so much is because I have the past three years of my worked very hard and very life working toward a de- long to get to where I am. gree. To be honest, I really I was shocked to think thought this website was a someone could pass off one joke. of these fake diplomas or A few weeks later, the im- certificates as equal to my pact of a site like this hit real high school and college

diplomas or the real certificates I’ve received. The website touts many reasons for purchasing a counterfeit degree, such as boosting self-esteem, replacing lost originals, building a social media profile and impressing friends at reunions. I’m not much of a show off and I don’t know anyone who would bring his college diploma or certificate of achievement to a reunion. I’ve got enough self esteem boosters in my life; I don’t need some forgery to provide the lift. If I wanted to add a diploma or certificate to my social media profile, I would do what is required to achieve that diploma or certificate. I consider purchasing such a document unethical, to say the least.

Library schedule must expand to serve needs of all students to get things done. It’s just a Erika Ferrell habit I haven’t Staff writer been able to erferrell@mail.txwes.edu shake. Not having access to the library after Pulling an all-nighter study- 10 p.m. really puts a wrench ing for an exam or final? in the works. Maybe you’re even writing The library’s hours don’t a big research paper that is only affect me, they affect a worth close to half of your lot of college students’ acafinal grade. demic successes. Well wouldn’t the library Some students don’t have be the perfect place to do their own computers. If a that? There is only one little student doesn’t have one problem — the Library clos- or access to someone else’s, es before midnight. how are they going to finish The Eunice & James L. a paper or assignment? West Library opens at 7:30 I am a college athlete. a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Having games, both in and As a college student, I out of town, and practices know procrastination is one that end late, make it difof my biggest problems. I will ficult to get a good meal wait until the last minute in; forget trying to cram in Page 1

rushing to the library to finish up a paper before it closes at 10 p.m. Knowing that I only have a little time before I am forced out of the library is a real problem for me. Even if I get there with an hour to spare, I am looking at the clock like a countdown to lift off. It’s distracting and hard to concentrate on the task at hand — whatever assignment I have due tomorrow. Although some may not consider the library closing so early a big deal, I think it would really help those who don’t have access to personal computers or who just don’t have traditional hours available for study and homework. It would be an advantage for the students if the library’s hours were extended.

Library staff have heard the students’ voice their concerns and are trying a trial run of extended library hours. See more in the story on Page 1.

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During my research on this topic, I discovered this website is not the only one. On this particular phony diploma website, there is a list of more than 50 other websites of the same type. I am sure there are hundreds more out there. I’ve been at Wesleyan since fall 2009 and I graduated from Tarrant County College with my associates in spring 2010. I’ve worked very hard, now to find out there are some people who don’t want to go through the same amount of work but they want the prize. It angers me to no end. I am sure every student graduating in May will agree with me. There is no way a document from a diploma mill such as this one can be as significant as mine.

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Students should take advantage of campus services Students often complain about the high cost and rising rates for tuition, books and fees. But when it is all said and done, they may not be getting the most for their money because they ignore some of the vital programs and services that fees help to pay for. Career Services may be the most important and most overlooked resource students have. As we approach spring graduation, some students may have become more aware of Wesleyan’s Career Services department than at any time in their college experiences. Sadly, some students will graduate unprepared for the next step. If you are a senior and you aren’t thinking about the looming job search and your career after college, you might be playing catch-up. Career Services, located in the north wing of the Brown-Lupton Student Center, has a small staff and a big job, but the likely reason they don’t make more of a difference in the lives of our students is the fact that some just do not know they exist. Obviously they are introduced to all freshmen and transfer students and they are making an effort to advertise their services, but the average student may not realize the important ways they can benefit until they are ordering their graduation invitations. By then they have wasted some valuable time that

should have been spent preparing for their careers. Career fairs, interviewing techniques, resume assistance and help with on and off-campus employment are just a few of the resources offered to Wesleyan students and the best part is, they have already been paid for—by students. In spite of that fact, we are not taking full advantage of these services. According to the center’s director, Sherri Mata, statistical reports show that only about 200 students attended the last career fair. That is a very small number considering the record size of the spring graduating class.  The staff is much smaller than that of the Texas Wesleyan School of Law and serves many more students, but they make an effort to assist all students willing to seek them out. Those students who take advantage of the resume counseling, internship programs and job search assistance offered by Career Services are more likely to have success after graduation. It may be too late for some seniors to realize the full value of their tuition dollars. Some of the services offered are likely as valuable as the work done in the classroom during our time in college. Those students not graduating in May still have time to prepare themselves if they are willing to take advantage of something valuable right under their noses.

Where would you want to go to study abroad and why? “I would choose Italy, because I like the food and I think the language is pretty fascinating.” -Amber Smith, freshman, undecided “I would study abroad in Austrailia, but they have really big bugs though so that would not be good.” - Catherine Bryant, senior, education “I’ve been to Spain before and it’s a nice country with a lot of history.” - Jonathan Blake, senior, graphic design “I’d either go to England or anywhere in Europe. Italy would be awesome.” - Rachel Daniel, senior, kinesiology “I’d like to go to Italy because it is a beautiful country and has a lot of history.” - Victoria Browning, freshman, English “I would like to study abroad in Austrailia because it would be amazing, and I think the accent is awesome.” - Zuhair Inayat, junior, exercise science

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