Success Stories: Meghan
How have you benefited from using the Career Center services?
The Career Center provided me seemingly endless support in my time at TCU. Freshman year when I wanted to change my major, I found tons of support and resources to help me figure out what my new passion would be. Three years later, when I was ready to pursue my graduate studies, I found words of encouragement, advice, and many resources which helped my applications.
How did working with the Career Center impact your internship/job search?
More than anything, I received the encouragement I needed to confidently prepare my applications. I found great advice on the timelines I should work towards, encouragement in choosing schools that would work best for me, and the resource support I needed to make my applications the best they could be.
What was the most helpful advice given to you by the Career Center?
Breathe, you are a great applicant, and you will end up in the right place. Amanda, my Career Consultant, helped me keep my perspective in check and manage how overwhelming everything felt. She kept me from stressing about the big picture and helped me focus on the tasks one at a time, so it felt more manageable.
What challenges were you facing and how did the Career Center help you solve them or motivate you to solve them?
My biggest challenge was getting into grad school, but I also had a lot of personal life issues that came up through the process and Amanda was incredibly supportive of me both personally and professionally. She helped me maintain my focus on my goals so that my current problems wouldn’t get in the way of my future goals.
What advice would you give others facing the same challenges you did?
Graduate school applications are a big scary mess, especially if you don’t have a role model who went to graduate school. Be your own role model. If your grades are good and you’ve done well in undergrad, you have a great shot of getting into graduate school. Also, listen to people when they tell you it will work out, that you are qualified for this, and that you earned it. Putting yourself down won’t get you where you want to go.
Where there any specific events you went to that were beneficial? If so which one and why was it helpful?
The most valuable, yet underrated aspect of the Career Center is definitely the Career Consultants. Just go in and schedule a meeting with one of them. They literally get up every day and try to help students figure out next steps and give them real support to make those steps. These are real, caring people and they want to see students succeed.