Welcome to a new semester, and to the start of the final year of your undergraduate education. It is an exciting time, and your Senior Project presents an opportunity to pose a question or challenge to yourself, and to bring all your intellectual and creative skills to bear on it. Every year, Bard seniors impress us with the quality and insight of their work, and we look forward to seeing all that you will accomplish.
This handbook, the product of a collaboration between the offices of the Dean of the College, Dean of Student Affairs, Career Development, the Registrar’s Office, and Alumni/ae Affairs, brings together information on formatting and presenting your Senior Project, ordering transcripts, applying for fellowships and career opportunities, and preparing for Commencement and membership in The Alumnae/i Association.
The Watson Fellowship and Fulbright Scholarship application seasons have begun. The Watson is an unusual opportunity, offering graduating seniors $25,000 for a year of travel to pursue an independent “nonacademic” project. The Fulbright Scholarship is supported by the U.S. government and offers students overseas academic research opportunities. Bard students have excelled in winning these prestigious awards, and we wish this year’s applicants similar success. Other postgraduate opportunities are listed in the Fellowship & Scholarship Guide available from Dean of Studies David Shein.
I look forward to the honor of presenting you when you receive your degree from President Botstein at Commencement.
With my best wishes,
Rebecca Thomas Dean of the College Associate Professor of Computer Science
The Center for Student Life & Advising (CSLA) at Bard College is committed to supporting students in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. The CSLA provides academic and personal advice as well as mentorship to students throughout their time at the College. CSLA comprises the offices of the Dean of Student Affairs, the Dean of Studies, and International Student Services.
Most of you will be moving to a new home, often in a city or community away from Bard and away from the home where your parents live. This is a major decision and deserves considerable thought. New York City is wonderful, but may not be the place for you. Maybe Los Angeles is your dream, but another city might offer similar possibilities.
When Peter Criswell ’89 was making his postgraduation plans, he compiled a list of criteria that were important to him. He looked at several cities (New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle), and he considered whether the cities met his needs and could become a community he would call his own. You may have different cities to consider. You may have different questions. (We have added several of our own.) Almost all of you will have a choice about where you live after Bard. By considering where you will make that move, you can improve your chances of making a positive one.
Click here to download the guide Moving to a New City.
Elisabeth Giglio, Director Career Development Office (CDO), Campus Center 201 During your last academic year at Bard you will have plenty of time to develop your post graduation plans if you start in the fall and schedule an appointment in the Career Development Office (CDO) with Elisabeth Giglio, the designated senior career adviser and CDO director. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-758-7539 to schedule an appointment with her to discuss your career possibilities and job search plans.
The Bard Basic Job Guide is downloadable at www.bard.edu/cdo/students. This publication contains sample resumes, cover letters, and important tips for your job search. Before meeting with Elisabeth please try to write a draft of your resume to take with you when you meet with her.
The timetable for starting your job search depends upon the field you want to enter, the type of position you desire, and when you hope to start work. Most of you will find that starting your job search shortly after submitting your Senior Project in April is an appropriate time to look for a job if you are ready to start work in the summer. On average, once an employer advertises a job, it takes at least a few months to fill an entry-level position for a recent college graduate. Keep in mind that government jobs, teaching opportunities in independent schools, and business and financial positions may have application deadlines as early as the fall. Postgraduate paid internships at prestigious organizations are competitive and also have early deadlines. Make sure you are aware of deadlines if you are considering these employment fields.
The job search requires focus, commitment, a positive attitude, an ability to articulate clearly the type of position you want, and the inclination to connect with people and tell them about your career goals. Being able to describe the type of work you are looking for, including job titles is very important in your job search. For example, “I just graduated from Bard College and I am looking for an entry-level position in a nonprofit arts organization as an administrative assistant or coordinator of projects or programs.” People can better help you in your job search if you are able to express to them a succinct goal. The clearer you are about what you would like to do, the more likely you are to be successful in getting a job that suits you and sustains your passion and interest. CDO can help you identify and state your career goals, as well as coach you through your job search. Networking, although very important to your job search, is only one way to discover job opportunities. Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of applying for jobs posted at websites and in the newspaper classifieds of your future hometown. CDO subscribes to a number of websites that post jobs in specific fields. You can pick up this list of resources in our office as well as Bard tailored web sheets for particular professions. We hope you will utilize all of our resources.
CDO offers two Bard-specific websites:
www.collegecentral.com/barddiscover Bard friendly employers with leads to jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities, as well as CDO’s online calendar.
www.bard.edu/cdofind the Bard Basic Job Guide with sample resumes, the Vault Online Career Library, and more.
We hope you will use CDO to support you in your job search during your senior year. Drop by our office at Campus Center 201 or e-mail email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Questions? Need more information? Contact: Elisabeth Giglio, Director, Career Development Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-758-7177, Campus Center 201
As you begin to prepare for the transition to life after Bard, you have the opportunity to join in many traditions of Bard alumni/ae. One of these traditions is the Senior Class Gift.
The Senior Class Gift marks the transition from being an active student to an active alumnus or alumna. Participation is very important! Not only does it show to the College community how much you, as students and soon to be alumni/ae, appreciate and value your Bard education and experience, but alumni/ae giving is also included in rankings, such as U.S. News and World Report, to show a much broader audience how much those closest to the College value it.
The Senior Class Gift is a great way to demonstrate your appreciation for the education you have received at Bard. It is also to show past and future classes the strong commitment you have to the success of our College.
Giving is simple, and there are many options:
You can give today on Bard's secure online giving form. Note in the comments section that the contribution is for the Senior Class Gift.
Mail in the pledge form you receive in the mail with your check made payable to Bard College. Write "Senior Class Gift" in the memo area of your check.
Mail in the pledge form you receive in the mail with your credit card information filled in. You can make a pledge at any time, and you have until June 30, 2016 to fulfill it.
Questions? Contact Robert Laity, Assistant Director of the Bard College Fund, at 845-758-7315 or email@example.com.
With your support, your Senior Class Gift campaign can be a great success!