Exploring your Academic Major and Career Options

Summer is a great time to start thinking about and investigating college majors. Volunteer work, summer jobs, job shadowing, and/or informational interviewing are all ways to get a feel for careers that may interest you. You can also use research online. Exploring your interests and talents can help you get closer to a decision.

When you arrive at Cottey, you should meet with your academic advisor to talk about possible majors related to your academic interests and also stop by the Kolderie Center, located in the Rubie Burton Academic Center. The coordinator of student disability services, academic advising and student success programming, can help you explore majors. The coordinator of career services and experiential learning, offers individual career counseling. The Kolderie Center also has a variety of resources filled with information on various majors and career paths.

At Cottey, we encourage you to select majors and career goals appropriate to your interests, abilities and values. The staff members in the Kolderie Center are here to help you explore your strengths, interests and options!

Academic Success

The transition to college life is just ahead of you. Are you wondering how much time you will spend studying? Are you looking for information about how to handle new academic challenges? Do you need help developing time-management strategies that work for you? The Kolderie Center is just the place for you!

In addition to career and international study information and counseling, the Kolderie Center provides a variety of academic support services:

  • A Learning Center with writing assistance and tutoring available to all. The Learning Center (located in the lower level of the Library), has comfortable study spaces, quiet work rooms, and evening tutoring and writing assistance programs. The online CCLC (located in MyCottey) hosts a weekly Learning Center Minute blog, has a variety of resources specific to the CCLC process and programs, and many other resources to help you develop your active learning skills.
  • A Student Success page in MyCottey with a weekly Student Success blog and a host of strategies and resources to help you achieve your academic goals
  • Strategies for Academic Success course
  • Help developing individualized academic strategies
  • A large open space with computers for individual or collaborative group work
  • The Office of Student Disability Services

At Cottey College, we’re committed to supporting your academic success! Drop by the Kolderie and Learning Centers early in the semester to check out all of the resources we have available for you!

Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Like most college students, you have ambitions and dreams for your career and future. At Cottey College, the career services office will assist you in turning your dreams into reality. Career Services coordinates volunteering, service-learning, and internships. When you get out in the community you will be learning more about the career that is right for you.

As a student at Cottey College, you can volunteer with organizations to provide service to the local community or service on a more global scale. Additionally, you can work in a supervised setting at businesses, non-profit organizations or governmental agencies as a Cottey intern. Cottey students have volunteered with disaster relief, youth organizations, community gardens and animal shelters. Cottey students also intern, among many others, with

  • Missouri Probation and Parole
  • Nevada Regional Medical Center
  • Heartland Behavioral Health Services
  • Nevada Police Department
  • 3M
  • Nevada Parks and Recreation

Regional, national and international internships are available to students as well. Whatever your career interests, a world of hands-on learning experiences await you at Cottey.

As you gain experience in your career field, you will need the tools to market yourself effectively. These tools include cover letter and résumé writing, networking and interviewing skills, professional dress and business etiquette. Through career classes and workshops, private consultation, mock interviews, career fairs and networking events, Cottey provides you with numerous opportunities to be prepared to enter your career field.

Launch your career aspirations early by taking advantage of all the opportunities available at Cottey. To learn more, please visit Renee Hampton, coordinator of career services and experiential learning, in the Kolderie Center, located in the Rubie Burton Academic Center, and chart your pathway to career success.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Do you love learning about other cultures? Then consider studying abroad for a semester during your third year! Cottey students study abroad in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and beyond. Most financial aid applies to study abroad and scholarships are available. The key is to plan early so you can fit it into your academic program and not delay graduation. If you are interested in spending a semester overseas, talk with the international education coordinator in the Kolderie Center.

Say What? A Guide to College Jargon

ACADEMIC ADVISOR: You will be assigned a faculty member who will assist you in planning your course schedule and career path. Your advisor can serve as a valuable resource for many of your academic questions or concerns.

CATALOG: This official academic online publication of the College contains information about the curriculum, graduation requirements, academic rights and responsibilities of the student, and support services. It is located at www.cottey.edu/catalog.

CONCERN NOTICE: If you are absent too often in a class, underperform on an exam or assignment, or if a faculty member is just concerned about your performance in a course, they may submit a concern notice to the Cottey Outreach & Response Team. Faculty and staff may also submit concern notices for students who are having difficulties outside of class. If a concern notice is submitted for you, you will be contacted by a member of the Cottey Outreach & Response Team who will help connect you with appropriate resources.

CREDIT HOURS: You earn credit hours for each course successfully completed. The number of semester or credit hours generally relates to how much time is spent in class each week. For every hour of class time, you should anticipate spending two hours outside of class studying the course content. In addition to other requirements, at least 120 credit hours are needed to earn a bachelor’s degree and 62 are needed to earn an associate’s degree. A full-time student must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester, with the typical load being 15-17 credit hours. To have second-year status you must have 28 credits already completed.

DEAN’S LIST: This honor is awarded to all students whose semester GPA is 3.5-3.74 and who completed at least 12 credit hours in the previous semester.

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE: Finals are examinations administered at the end of an academic term. Final exams may be cumulative (covering all material presented during the term) or partial (covering material presented since midterm or previous exam). Be sure to check the final exam schedule to determine when your finals will be held. (Finals may be held at a time different than your typical class meeting time.)

GPA: Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total number of attempted credit hours into the total grade points earned. Letter grades, including pluses and minuses, are given in each course. See the section labeled “Gradepoint Average (GPA)” in the Cottey Catalog to see how letter grades correspond to grade points.

ID/KEYCARD: This personal identification card is needed to enter the dining room, check out library books, register for classes, and cash checks. It also will allow you access to the residence halls and academic buildings.

PRESIDENT’S LIST: This honor is awarded to all students whose semester GPA is 3.75 or above and who completed at least 12 credit hours in the previous semester.

REGISTRATION: New students may register for classes by participating in a virtual advising session. Advising sessions are being held April 21 – 24, June 7 – 11, June 21 – 25, and July 19 – 23.

SYLLABUS: This is a course outline that often lists course expectations, exam and project dates, goals, class meetings, attendance policy and the professor’s office hours.

TRANSCRIPT: This is your official record of grades and GPA earned while at Cottey. You can request an official copy of your transcript by ordering online at cottey.edu/campus-community/transcripts.

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