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.
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.
How can the Planning Map be useful
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
experiences that will complement your classroom experiences and
prepare you for your future.
Where can I get a copy of the Planning Map and
The Assessment and the Planning Map are available to download
from this website.
How do I use the Planning Map?
the Planning Map, follow the steps listed below:
Begin by printing a copy of the
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
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
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
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
Counseling Services have a great deal of expertise regarding
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
To whom do I go for help with my
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.