Oct. 4, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Athletics Department Office of Academic Support (OAS) conducted a Career Exploration/College Major workshop on Sept. 24. It was the first of a series of workshops for student-athletes that it has planned for the coming academic year.
Tonya Gerharter, a coordinator for student advising and career services at UW, moderated the workshop that was held in the Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites and was attended by approximately 40 individuals. The workshop was to aid younger student-athletes in exploring various college major options available to them at UW, and for upperclassmen the workshop helped provide information on career services offered on the UW campus.
"I think the purpose of the workshop was really to help the student-athletes learn how to make a well-informed major/career choice," said Gerharter. "The goal was to find a major (and/or career) that is a good fit, so that the students are more likely to persist and succeed in that major.
"The workshop covered all of the important elements that factor into career decision-making, including: personality, interests, career values, skills, experience and job market information. The workshop was interactive, and some of the upperclassmen shared insight and experience with freshmen and sophomores."
Several student-athletes in attendance were grateful for the information they were provided.
Karlyn Morrison, a freshman from Gillette, Wyo., and a member of the UW Cheer squad, said, "The career workshop personally made me deliberate my decisions as a student. I had to think to myself, `Do I actually know what direction I am taking?'. It forced me to acknowledge the need I have to prioritize at this point in my life and think about my future in finer detail. Tonya (Gerharter) was really nice and open, I would feel comfortable using her as a future resource. She presented questions and issues that, personally, I wouldn't have categorized or associated with my major or future. It was a much needed, and appreciated, reality check."
Garrett Kirk, a freshman from Laramie, Wyo., on the Cowboy diving team, said, "The major exploration workshop was very helpful and fun. It was informational on the majors at UW, especially the majors that interested me. I would recommend it to any student who is still up in the air about their major."
The workshops are organized through the Student-Athlete Affairs (SAA) Program through the NCAA. The Student-Athlete Affairs Program looks to develop life skills for student-athletes and help mold them into well-rounded individuals. The SAA Program has five components: Academic Excellence, Athletic Excellence, Personal Development, Career Development and Service.
The UW Athletics Office of Academic Support plans to conduct their next workshop on Oct. 16th. This second workshop will focus on Stress Management.
Student-athletes who attend the workshops can both benefit personally from the seminars, and may also earn Saddle Cup Points for their teams.