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September 19, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 4: Introduction to The Roadtrip Nation Project

With first year, there are many new, exciting and scary things about starting college or university. College is a place to be intellectually challenged, develop socially, discover your interests, and engage with a variety of opportunities on campus and beyond. The road and journey are both wide open. The open road and the growing number of academic/career possibilities seems to be a bigger challenge. Besides the confusion of campus jargon and being on a campus larger than high school, many students want to learn how to find their passion and understand their career direction. The main goal of the UGST 1000 – Roadtrip Nation (RTN) Project is to help you understand more about your academic options and navigate your own career path by asking professionals questions about their experience. Here is a little bit about the original Roadtrip Nation Story:

The Open Road for #UGST1000 Course DesignWe hope the RTN project helps you explore the possibilities for your own academic, career, and life path. More importantly, it will allow you to understand how others reached their dreams and goals. There are a number of different ways to get to where you want to go – hopefully this project will give you a better idea of how to get there.


BLOG: In a 250 WP blog post, please share who you might want to interview and reach out to for the Roadtrip Nation project. This is DUE by 11 pm CDT TONIGHT (9/19).  Do you have a specific person in mind? Do you know who you would want to meet locally in the DFW area? Consider what profession you want to learn more about? Who would you want to interview? What sort of career/professions do you want to learn more about?

TWEET: We have some faculty guests coming to our class this Friday (9/21) from different areas of the Journalism department.  With the #ugstJOUR hashtag – please tweet one question that you would like to ask the panel. Due by 11 pm CDT tonight (9/19) as well.

PROJECT: The Major/Career Family Tree: Start small. Find at least FIVE(5) members of your family or close family friends to interview about their career/major path. You will create a visual of your family tree – mindmap, Prezi, etc – to share with the class in a WP blog post. Please be sure to answer the following questions:

  1. What was their major and/or academic background/training?
  2. What is their job title, and what activities do they do on a regular day of work?
  3. What do they like about their job?
  4. What do they wish was different about it?
  5. How did they start doing this job/choose this job?
  6. What other careers/jobs have they had in their life?
  7. Why did they stop doing each of those?
  8. What makes a job interesting to them?
  9. What about a job leads one to be happy?
  10. If they could not do the profession/job they currently are doing, what would they choose instead?

COMPLETE: The MBTI and then the Strong Inventory ONLINE by Monday, September 24th before class. You must do the MBTI first, and it might prompt you to select your major — just pick one that you are interested in.

BRING: Your notes & materials for HIST 2610 to class on Monday (9/24). We will be working on review of notes and memory in class. Be sure to read Chapter 4 of College Success BEFORE class.

ATTEND: Have you signed up for a Learning Center Workshop? Check out the Learning 101 Seriesthe Study Skills Lab or other helpful support programs offered. This assignment is DUE by October 22/12 and you must write a 350 word WP blog post about your experience at the Learning Center workshop, what you learned, and how you will apply that to your own course work/study habits this semester.


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