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Sophomores rising

Students get a jump on career planning at annual symposium

College students are not known for rising early on a cold Saturday morning, but that's exactly what hundreds of Wheaton sophomores did last month. The annual Sophomore Symposium, held on January 26, attracted students to a variety of workshops where they had the chance to network with dozens of alumnae/i. The theme for this year's symposium was "Mapping Your Future."

Launched in 2007, the program has grown each year. The popular event offers second-year students the opportunity to explore various career fields, from business to science to arts administration, and to pick up tips for effective job searching. By investigating their career options early, students are better positioned to make smart choices as they progress through the second half of their Wheaton education and plan for their futures.

This year's plenary speakers were Trish Clark Ryan '91, lawyer-turned-author (A Maze of Grace), and Patrick B. Summers '94, executive director of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. The speakers talked about the preparation they gained from their Wheaton education and shared their personal career insights with the captivated crowd. Roundtable discussions and Q&A sessions with other alums, faculty and staff members informed students of the many campus resources available to them as they explore career options.