Why should I participate in out-of-class experiences?
Much research has demonstrated the value of out-of-class experiences. These experiences contribute to the recruitment and retention of students. Out-of-class experiences can have a positive effect on a number of learning outcomes including success in chosen field of endeavor after college. Out-of-class experiences can also be a great deal of fun. They are a great way to meet and get to know other students and faculty/staff mentors. These experiences will help you become connected with Truman and make a difference in the lives of others.
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What is the Planning Map?
The Planning Map is a tool to help you make decisions and set goals about your out-of-class experiences while at Truman.
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How can the Planning Map be useful to me?
The Planning Map will assist you in thinking and planning carefully about out-of-class experiences. Based on our University’s mission and developmental theories of young adulthood, the Planning Map guides you in considering out-of-class experiences that will complement your classroom experiences and prepare you for your future.
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Where can I get a copy of the Planning Map and the self-assessment?
The Assessment and the Planning Map are available to download from this website.

How do I use the Planning Map?
To use the Planning Map, follow the steps listed below:

  • Begin by printing a copy of the self-assessment and the Planning Map.

  • Work through the self-assessment by thinking about your career goals. If  you can’t identify a specific career path, just list the characteristics of a career that would appeal to you and then identify the skills, experience, and characteristics that you might need to develop in order to work in such a setting by finishing the self-assessment.

  • Take your time in working through the self-assessment. You might want to talk to your parents, mentors, persons working in your preferred setting, your academic advisor to help identify necessary skills.

  • Based on the results of the assessment instrument, review the quadrants and determine what deficits identified by the self-assessment will be adequately addressed by your curricular experiences. If you need to, consult with faculty or an advisor regarding this question.

  • For those areas that will not be adequately addressed by your curricular experiences, think about how out-of-class experiences in each of the quadrants of experiences might help develop the remaining deficits.

  • Check out the links provided on this website to gain more information about the types of out-of-class experiences that are available to you.

  • Review the levels of goal setting.

  • Determine specific goals in each quadrant of experience using the goal setting levels to help you determine progressive goals for your out-of-class experiences.

  • Write your goals on the goal sheet and keep the goal sheet where you can refer to it often.

  • Review your goals with a trusted advisor (faculty member, academic advisor, parent, sibling, employer, friend) to help you think through your decisions and address areas you may have overlooked.

  • Live your plan adjusting goals as needed.

How do I set goals for myself?
This website gives several sample goals. Carefully thinking about and reviewing your self-assessment will also help you with goals. Consulting with trusted mentors or persons employed in a position similar to your career objective might also help. Staff members at the University Career Center and University Counseling Services have a great deal of expertise regarding goal setting.
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How can I use my Planning Map to get a job after graduation?
The Planning Map can help in preparing your resume’ and in job interviews. Knowing about transferable skills and how you developed those skills, will help you give potential employers a very strong answer to the question: How are you qualified for this position? If your goal is to go to graduate school, your Planning Map will help you demonstrate how you have designed your undergraduate experiences to prepare you for graduate school. The Planning Map may be a great assistance in writing those essays many graduate schools require as a part of their application process. The experience will also teach you about vision, goals, planning, and self-discipline that will be invaluable to you for the rest of your life regardless of what you do.
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To whom do I go for help with my Planning Map?
Friends, parents, faculty members, mentors, employers, staff members at Truman, academic advisors, Student Advisors, etc. may all provide insight and encouragement in this process. Specific questions about the Planning Map can be directed to the Office of Student Affairs (785-4111). Specific questions about various out-of-class experiences can be answered by reviewing the links on this website or by calling the contact persons identified on those links.

*Source: Quotes & Quips. Insights on Living the 7 Habits. (1998). Salt Lake City, UT: Franklin Covey.
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