Breaking Through Barriers
Breaking Through Barriers (BTB)
Breaking Through Barriers (BTB) is a program that provides various workshops to equip underrepresented students with vital skills for their academic, professional, and personal growth. Participation in the program is designed for rising sophomores through seniors nominated by peers, staff, or faculty. Freshman students are also welcome to join and take advantage of the opportunities the program has to offer. To join, email Maya Younes.
Education: provide students with resources necessary to seek opportunities for volunteerism, research the job market, apply to graduate and professional school, and connect with alumni in their field. BTB has KAPLAN Test Preparation books for the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT that students are encouraged to use to prepare for taking those exams.
Career development: includes but is not limited to helping students obtain internships and full time jobs post-graduation. BTB has developed connections with recruiters and employers, locally and regionally, who seek to diversify their employment candidate pool.
Skill development: each workshop is designed to provide students with vital job survival skills. Additionally, BTB members are required to meet individually with the program coordinator to assess their progress in locating and applying for internships and other opportunities such as study abroad.
NEW initiative: Stand and Deliver, a public speaking program, will run for six weeks during the spring 2013 semester. There is no instructor at a Stand and Deliver meeting, but rather members evaluate one another’s presentations. The topic selected for each meeting will be based on extemporaneous and interpretive speaking styles. Stand and Deliver is only open to BTB members.
Event Calendar 2012 - 2013
August 30 – Unleash the Tiger in Your Résumé: Résumé Building Workshop
September 4 – Mixer with Capitol One Associates
September 27 – Is Medical School For You? Visit from Indiana University School of Medicine
October 1 - Want to score higher on Graduate school admissions tests? KAPLAN Test Prep Info Session
October 23 – Want to WOW a potential employer? Create an EPORTFOLIO
November 15 – Find Career Happiness: Careers VERSUS Values
January 24 - Got employment? Got the answers? We got your back. Get to the Career Fair Prep Session by Deloitte
January 25 - Need practice interviewing? Do a Mock Interview with Deloitte Recruiters
February 7 – Choosing Your Path: Graduate or Professional School?
February 22 – Choosing Your Path: Becoming an Engineer, Engineering Alumni Panel Discussion
February 28 – Choosing Your Path: Becoming a Physician, Explore Alternative Medicine
March 21 – Myers Briggs Personality Inventory Workshop
April 9 – Intimidated by a lunch interview? Not sure about the transition from student to professional? Attend this event!
April 18 - Investing Wisely After Graduation Event
For more information about Breaking through Barriers, contact the program coordinator, Maya Younes.