Transitioning to Impact

 

Transitioning to Impact

Spring 2014: I am a second semester senior, on the brink of graduation, yet I still have no idea what direction I want my life to take. I am a psychology major with no intention of becoming a clinical psychologist and though I have deeply immersed myself in many extracurricular activities, none of them point me towards a particular career path. Nonetheless, after a fall full of career services appointments, information sessions and interviews, one fundamental criterion emerged from my job search: I am longing to have a sense of purpose in my post-grad life.

In fact, I am searching for this sense of purpose that permeates every aspect of campus life – from the orientation service walk to classes designed around civic engagement – Davidson fosters a connection between students and the surrounding community. While President Quillen has succeeded in coining this experience (“Transition to Impact”); this phrase simply encapsulates Davidson’s longtime commitment to preparing students for impact. The Davidson College Statement of Purpose asserts, “The primary purpose of Davidson College is to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service” – i.e. “transition to impact.”

Fall 2014: I have just started my Davidson Impact Fellowship at the Arts & Science Council (ASC). On my first day, I saw “Transition to Impact” programming in action, as Davidson Education Scholar Scott Cunningham ’16 provided me with a comprehensive overview of the importance of out-of-school time programming – a topic that will become a major focus of my own work here at ASC. During my year-long fellowship at ASC, I will be working on special projects on the Education team. While I do not know what the next year will bring, I am very excited to be a part of this program, and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences on this blog!

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