Track 3: Late College Career

Part of J-Term from January 3–14, 2022

Late College Career Track sessions are designed with senior students in mind, however, any class year is welcome to take any session within the track.

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Draw Toast: Design Thinking for Your Everyday Life

Can a simple activity such as drawing how to make toast change the way you think about and approach the big decisions in your life? Join us to find out how simple design exercises can reveal important insights into how we frame ideas, communicate effectively, and solve problems using systems thinking.

Students will explore the process of design and systems thinking, while participating in fun, engaging, hands-on activities designed specifically to help unpack complex problems in collaborative, creative, and effective ways.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Analyze the current methods you use for decision making.
  • Examine how design thinking can become an important decision-making tool.
  • Unlock innovative and creative problem-solving techniques.
  • Develop, apply, and communicate new ideas effectively.

Renting and Home Buying

Home is where the heart is! During this session, participants will learn about the process of renting and buying property. Examine commonly used terminology, what to look for when reviewing leases or contracts, and why it is important to get insurance and inspections for your property.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Understand the renting and home buying process.
  • Decipher the terminology used in the home buying process.
  • Identity the key policies and responsibilities to look out for when renting or buying a home.
  • Gain an appreciation for renters and homeowners insurance.
  • Discover what is covered in most insurance policies.

Poison in Our Prisons: Environmental Justice, Mass Incarceration, and Prison Reform

Professor Howard Ernst of the Naval Academy and a Non-Resident Expert at Gettysburg College’s Eisenhower Institute discusses the connection between environmental justice and the prison reform movement. The session focuses on Prof. Ernst’s research into environmental justice issues and his firsthand experiences teaching in the prison system.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Expand understanding of environmental justice concerns.
  • Discuss the ethical concerns related to harsh prison environments.
  • Make connections between the environmental justice movement and the prison reform movement.

The Keys to Becoming “Wealthy”

Successful long-term investing and wealth accumulation have little to do with intellect, but everything to do with behavior and developing sound financial habits. Regardless of occupation or earnings level, becoming wealthy is an achievable goal. Join us as nationally recognized Financial Advisor Kevin J. Smith ’89 and Gettysburg College’s Director of EES Student Success and Well-being Cindy Wright discuss how college students are ideally positioned to become high-net-worth investors. Yet, being “wealthy” is about more than becoming rich. It entails a richness in life—finding purpose, pursuing passions, and appreciating all the things that money can’t buy.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Identify financial tools for successful long-term investing and wealth accumulation.
  • Understand that being wealthy isn’t all about money.
  • Implement the use of iGrad, a free financial tool at Gettysburg College.

Stories from the Gettysburg Battlefield

As a graduate of Gettysburg College, you will inevitably be asked about the Battle of Gettysburg. You may be asked by friends, family, or even your new professional colleagues. How much do you know about the hallowed ground in which you lived and learned for four years? Do you have a compelling story to share? This session will introduce students to the strategic, social, political, and cultural significance of the Battle of Gettysburg, drawing on both firsthand accounts and later attempts to make sense of the events. Participants will focus primarily on the experiences and emotional reactions of a range of individual soldiers from different backgrounds and cultural contexts, as well as the impact of the Battle on local white and Black residents, including Pennsylvania College students. Some of the session will be devoted to monuments, veterans’ reunions, and the development of tourism to the site.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Articulate the overall significance of the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Gain an understanding of the Battle’s impact on the local civilian population, including their student predecessors.
  • Earn an appreciation for the diverse and complicated ways that individual soldiers both experienced and attempted to make sense of the Battle.

Fun with JavaScript

JavaScript is one of the fundamental building blocks of the web. When users interact with websites and applications, their browsers are executing JavaScript to provide interactive functionality, update content on webpages, and fetch data from servers. JavaScript has become so versatile that it can be used to reproduce entire desktop applications or games in the browser and delivered on-demand. This session will introduce participants to the fundamentals of web-based, client-side programming experience. All participants will need access to a web browser and text editor.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Become familiar with fundamental programming and debugging techniques.
  • Learn how content on webpages can be changed and produced dynamically.
  • Practice logical reasoning.

Medical, Dental, and Vision, Oh My!

Medical, dental, and vision insurance can be...confusing. Even to the most seasoned professional, many questions can arise. It is important for college graduates to have a clear understanding of what these insurance plans can cover and how you and your loved ones can take full advantage of these employer benefits. This session will teach you about what to look for when considering medical, dental, and vision insurance plans during your own job search.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Understand the terminology associated with medical, dental, and vision insurance plans.
  • Determine plans that best suit the needs of individuals based on their pre-existing conditions, as well as anticipated need for their personal circumstances.
  • Gain knowledge about Health Savings Accounts.
  • Leave equipped with benefits-related questions to ask during the job search process.

The Middle East: America’s Forever Battlefield

Danny Sebright of the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council leads students through the history of conflict in the Middle East, culminating with the United States’ tumultuous evacuation from Afghanistan. The session will also highlight what the future of the Middle East can be through continued relationships with businesses. In addition, participants will receive advice on foreign policy careers.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Obtain a better understanding of key U.S. foreign policy objectives in the Middle East.
  • Gain awareness of the great power competition in the Middle East.
  • Consider possible internships and careers in foreign policy and intelligence.

Facilitating Discussions

This session will outline the skills needed to guide and bring to life a thoughtful and engaging open discussion. Participants will gain an understanding of the key skills required for facilitating a discussion, including the importance of the intent of a discussion, the need for preparing for facilitating a discussion, and an awareness of the complexities of behaviors that can occur in a meeting.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Become excited and passionate about using new facilitating discussion knowledge and skills.
  • Feel engaged and know the responsibilities of facilitating a discussion.
  • Improve understanding of the skills and tactics for facilitating a discussion.
  • Receive a list of resources for continued improvement of facilitating skills.