Student-to-Student Advice

“Get to know your advisor. Don’t just make an appointment if you have a problem. Even if you feel like you have things under control, stop in and talk to her. My advisor is really helpful with a lot more things than just picking classes.” – Freshman UST student

“Everyone who goes to college should know why they’re doing it. Is it what your parents expect? Are you following your sister’s footsteps? Do you think it will help you get a better job? I went to a workshop on developing a resume and cover letter, and the presenter said, “What is your why?” and that stuck with me. What is your purpose?” – Sophomore Political Science major

Campus Resources: The Career Services Center

Every Monday to Friday from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm during the fall and spring semesters, the Career Services Center offers drop-in hours for undergraduate students who wish to enhance their professional development. Students may speak with a CSC representative about any of their career-related questions and get assistance with creating a resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.

Helpful Hints: Applying for Internships

Hiring managers report that they quickly weed out 90 percent of applicants based on three criteria:

1) spelling/grammar/punctuation typos;

2) overly generic cover letter (or none at all); and

3) irrelevant [for that position] information listed on resume.

The applicants that were actually considered all wrote a well-edited, personalized cover letter that included the following information:

  • how they found out about the job;
  • what enticed them enough to apply for it; and
  • what skills they have to offer that demonstrates they could excel in this particular role.

Student Spotlight: Caitlin Werner

Sophomore Caitlin Werner told us that one of the main reasons she decided to attend UD is because “they offer a great undeclared student program. Working with her UST advisor, Sharon Grayson, Caitlin has been able to explore various interests while taking classes that meet general requirements. She intends to pursue a minor in Spanish and study abroad in the future.

Caitlin’s advice for other students is to join a club or sport when you arrive on campus, because it provides a good way to connect with others. She participates in the Blue Hen Leadership Program and is a member of the RSO, Women in Business.