Author Archives: Ryan Heffernan

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A Middletown Day Retrospective

Friday Night Lights at Wesleyan University on Saturday

I recently thought back to when I first toured Wesleyan. My tour guide, a gentleman that my mother would later refer to as “the hippie,” was a nice fellow who had a lot of great things to say about Wes. One thing that stuck with me, however, was his thoughts on Wesleyan athletics. To paraphrase, he had claimed that Wesleyan’s students, in a place overflowing with school spirit, frequently spent time watching the athletic events on campus.

While I won’t deny his bit about school spirit, I have come to question what the hell he was trying to pull with the whole ‘we like sports’ thing. True – Wes can claim that the athletic events that take place at our campus’s center have an “audience.” False – Wes can claim that this audience is even mildly aware of what sport is unfolding before them, due to A.) utter intoxication or B.) philosophical distraction. Just because Foss Hill conveniently situates its occupants facing the football/baseball field doesn’t mean that its occupants have the slightest comprehension of what’s happening.

Career Center Showdown, Part Two: Sharon Beldon Castonguay Talks About Your Future

The Career Center’s seeking a new director. In a three-part series, we’re reporting from the front lines.

Not pictured:  Sharon Beldon Castonguay, careers

Not pictured: Sharon Beldon Castonguay, careers

“You don’t have to have a long-term career goal, you just have to do something,” began Sharon Beldon Castonguay in her presentation last night at 41 Wyllys.  Castonguay, director of the Baruch College Graduate Career Management Center,  is the second of three applicants considered for the position of Career Center Director. If hired, she would replace Michael Sciola, who left Wesleyan in 2012 to become associate vice president for advancement and director of career services at Colgate University.

Castonguay believes that the era of “safe career paths” are over and that college students might just have to learn how to accept a not-so-perfect job fresh out of college. (Only 64% of law school grads are practicing law nine months after graduation, according to Castonguay.) According to Castonguay, a less than ideal job after graduation will not derail your career path, and the best thing for college students (that’s us) to do is be flexible. If you are going to reach the top, you might just have to start at the bottom. “Does this mean that I might have to work a crappy job right out of college?” asks college student.  Castonguay argues, no—as long as you’re cool with waiting out on that job at Goldman Sachs for a lil’ while.

Castonguay hopes to bring opportunities to Wes students that will expose them to people and experiences that will benefit them on their future career paths, whatever those may be.

Want to check out the last applicant? Stop by 41 Wyllys, Room 112, tonight at 7 p.m.

Career Center Showdown: Steve Koppi Believes in the Liberal Arts

The Career Center’s seeking a new director. In a three-part series, we’re reporting from the front lines.

Steve Koppi, the first of three applicants for the position of Wesleyan’s Career Center Director, spoke to a small group of inquisitive Wes students and faculty last night in 41 Wyllys. Koppi is the former director of both Mount Holyoke College and Gallaudet University’s Career Centers. If hired, he would replace Michael Sciola, who left Wesleyan in 2012 to become associate vice president for advancement and director of career services at Colgate University.

Koppi spoke eagerly on the benefits of the liberal arts education we’re all so happily receiving. Koppi argued that our generation’s employers are placing more and more emphasis on essential skills that the liberal arts education offers—including writing, reasoning and social/interpersonal skills. It is these skills that Koppi hopes to draw on if he were to be given the opportunity to get us some jobs (and oh, how we need them).