The UTC chapter of the Golden Key International Honors Society will host the Graduate School Success Series, which will include presentations by a national graduate education expert, UTC faculty, and staff. The series is open to UTC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Attendance is free. To sign up for the series: use a Google e-mail account, click here and follow the directions.

“Graduate school is so often pushed on students as the next logical step,” Trevor Slayton, student president of Golden Key, said. “We hear catchy slogans that ‘a master’s degree is the new bachelor’s degree.’  What students really appreciate is feeling like their concerns about life after school are taken into consideration and that they are not alone in their struggle to make sense of life after undergraduate studies.”

Partnering with UTC’s Graduate School, and the offices of Financial Aid, Placement and Student Employment, and Counseling and Career Planning, the series begins with a webinar hosted by Anthony Russomano, National Director of Educational Partnerships for the Princeton Review. Russomano will cover a wide variety of topics about graduate school, including the application process, financial aid, and test preparation. After his presentation, he will take questions from the audience. The webinar is on Saturday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the University Center.

On February 8th from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain room of the University Center, Dr.  Ed Smith, Assistant Director of the UTC Office of Counseling and Career Planning, will present participants with information about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test (MBTI) offered at the Counseling and Career Planning Office. The MBTI is a questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. Afterward, participants will have the opportunity to sign up to take the test. The cost of the test is $25 and scholarships are available to a limited number of students.

On February 19th from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lookout Mountain room of the University Center, a panel including Dr. Jerald Ainsworth, Dean of the UTC Graduate School, Jean Dake, Director of the UTC Placement and Student Employment, and Anthony Doyley, UTC Financial Literacy Advisor will offer an in-depth discussion on choosing, applying, and financing a graduate program.

“The intent of this session is for student to take what they learned in the webinar and gather information from the rich human resources available at UTC,” Slayton said.

The series will conclude with a MBTI workshop directed by Dr. Ed Smith on Saturday, March 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In this workshop, participants will learn more about their individual results from the MBTI test through group exercises. The emphasis in the workshop will be on understanding individual differences and how a fuller understanding can enhance our way of communicating, operating, and making choices.

For more information, contact Trevor Slayton at joseph-slayton@mocs.utc.edu.

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