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Empowering your student

Finding your passions at WVU

While your students are attending West Virginia University, they will have countless opportunities to identify and develop their passions. Many students find that what drives and motivates them aligns closely with their coursework or field of study. 

In the College of Applied Human Sciences, the applied nature of our programs gives students first-hand experience in those fields—they will get to speak with individuals in, study, and contribute to their field before they walk across the stage at graduation. Here, students are allowed to explore what it is like to work and study in a hospital, a school, with a sports team, etc. Whether in general coursework or our placement-based internship and capstone courses, our students’ learning is tailored to the real-life, career-based work our students will do to ensure their passions extend beyond WVU. If your student has not yet begun discussions about shadowing, placements, etc., they might like to bring it up to their advisor at their next advising meeting or meet with our Student Experience Coordinator.  

For some students, they may find their passion through an extra-curricular opportunity. WVU has a wide variety of club, sports, community service, and study abroad opportunities. Consider talking to your students about exploring these areas—they might something unexpected will spark their passion.  

WVU Engage is a fantastic database of every official student organization at WVU; there are over four hundred! Some clubs for the CAHS majors include the Health and Well-Being Club, the Mental Health and Addiction Studies Club, the Sport and Exercise Psychology Club, the Sport Management Club, and Kappa Delta Pi (Honor Society in Education).  

Intramural Sports can be an important outlet for many students to decompress from their coursework. Through sport, students might find themselves to thrive in leadership and/or team-based roles. These are important takeaways for them to learn before they enter the job force. Many students in our majors find that there is a specific demographic or cause they hope to serve in their studies and careers.  

iServe is a fantastic way for students to experience new contexts in a community service role. Through iServe, students can serve groups and causes important to them, and they can be exposed to new contexts in the greater Morgantown area. iServe will also keep track of all your volunteering opportunities which can make resume writing a breeze! 

Education Abroad can expose students to cultures and experiences beyond the hills and mountains of West Virginia. There are several faculty-led programs offered through our college, and many other options offered through the study abroad office. Students often find that studying abroad may spark a new passion or a new way of thinking that they can bring home and incorporate into their lives and careers.  

If your student is still hoping to find what drives them, they should reach out to their advisor (Student Success Coordinator) and ask for some guidance. We advisors are here to help your students explore the many opportunities for enrichment and discovery of their passions while here at WVU.  

Hilary Woodrum
Student Success Coordinator
College of Applied Human Sciences
West Virginia University
hwoodrum@mail.wvu.edu

Highlights

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Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar with these important dates.

  • February
    15
    Behavioral and Social Sciences Career and Internship Fair
  • February
    16
    CAHS Application Deadline
  • March
    5
    Last day to add 8-week course
  • March
    9
    Start of Spring Recess

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The YOU at WVU app is an investment in our student’s success. The app helps students deal with issues before they become problems. Students expect personalized on-demand resources, and that is what the app delivers. You at WVU connects students to people and resources on campus that can help them achieve personal and academic success. Students will be introduced to the app during orientation, and it will be woven into their first-year seminar, and other courses.

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Talk to your student about tutoring

College courses are meant to be challenging. It is completely normal for students to face difficulties. That’s where tutoring comes in. WVU has tutoring available both in-person and virtually, both drop-in and by appointment. Encourage your student to consider using tutoring as a way to catch up or pull ahead in their courses. For more information on tutoring resources at WVU, visit tutoring.wvu.edu

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