Inside Academics: Beyond the Classroom

On the fourth Monday of every month, a member of the Academics staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming next Monday: Marketing

As important as it is for our student-athletes to succeed in their field of play, it is equally important for them to succeed in the classroom. The Student-Athlete Development staff at Georgia State tries to assist our student-athletes in a wide range of areas, including a couple that we wanted to discuss in this blog.

Career Development

The Student-Athlete Development staff has been working hard to prepare our student-athletes for career development.  Our staff has partnered with the University Career Services to help facilitate resume and cover letter workshops.  We successfully completed multiple workshops in the fall semester which was mandatory for juniors and seniors.  This semester we have two workshops planned and will open these workshops up to sophomores as well.  Our goal is to help each student-athlete establish a cover letter and resume that can be used for upcoming internships, jobs and career fairs.

In conjunction with the cover letter and resume workshops we will also be partnering with Athlete Network for a career forum and fair. The focus of this event is to help prepare our student-athletes for that next step after college. The career forum will include topics such as interview skills, career choices, resume tips and networking.  It is important to start these skills early in your college degree.  You never know the connections you can make during your career as student-athlete.  Employers often seek student-athletes because of their teamwork, leadership, strong work ethic and dedication. Our staff is excited for this event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th.

It’s On Us Campaign

This past Thursday Georgia State University promoted the “It’s On Us” campaign which was spearheaded by Athletics. ‘It’s On Us” originated in the White House and has been taken on across college campuses throughout the country. The campaign raises awareness about domestic violence and is a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.

To help promote awareness a video was created by Georgia State student-athletes, 1913 Society members, Student Government Association, Greeks, President Mark Becker, and several members from the Office of Student Health Promotion. Student-Athletes helped promote the campaign by encouraging other students to take the pledge in the library plaza on campus. SAAC also attended the Women’s and Men’s doubleheader basketball game and promoted the campaign by wearing “It’s On Us.” During half time of the men’s game, SAAC asked audience members to join in and take the pledge.

–Jessica Summey

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