First Things First

By Danielle Golinski, Career Advising Fellow

This past week has consisted of a lot of firsts (and last firsts – if that even makes sense!):

  • My first independent conversation with a parent.
  • My first conversation with an alum.
  • My first conversation with a campus staff member about their next step in their career journey.
  • My last class of my first Winter Term where I co-taught a Transition Strategies “Life After Elon” class with my co-fellow Amber.
  • And, I finished my first time being a part of a book club and committing myself to 3 weeks of conversation and reflection on the book 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. (All I can say about this book is, wow!)

What have all of these experiences shown me? That I can actually do a lot, and that my time as a Fellow continues to develop as my dabbling continues to grow, and as long as people continue to look for support and guidance with their futures, my name always has the potential of being passed around. Fortunately, it is a very good reason for my name (smiles!) which is increasing my network as well (cue, more smiles).thumbsup

It is very exciting! And do you know what else I have discovered? I have enjoyed every single aspect of these diverse conversations (all of them just happening to fit within a weeks’ time). It is these experiences that I have listed above and many others (can refer to Amber’s post below) that continues to provide me with firsthand experience in career services every single day. It also reminds me that a lot of people have the same concerns: that they want to be successful in their future (or for their child to have a successful future). A common thread I recognized between all three of these individuals (and the students in my Transition Strategies class) is that of motivation. If an individual is willing to self-motivate regarding their future, other beneficial things will come down the pipeline as well: Preparation, time-management, focus, and determination. This is an effective formula. If a person is willing to make a change regarding their future, they must first find motivation (most likely from within). It starts to “stir the pot”, gets “the juices flowing”. The end result? Results! The worst case scenario? At least a step in a direction (even if it is not in the right direction).

I also look forward to my weekend commitments as I will be experiencing my first men’s basketball game of my time while here at Elon and my first theater production for this year from Elon’s talented group of theater majors. I continue to dive headfirst into both my professional and personal experiences while at Elon. North Carolina continues to amaze me, and as my fellowship ends in May, I am making sure that every moment counts, whether it is going to be my first or my last moment.


Author: Danielle G.

Danielle Golinski will be serving as one of two Career Advising Fellows for the Student Professional Development Center. She serves as a liaison between the students at Elon University and the SPDC. Before arriving at Elon, she earned a M.Ed in School Counseling from Rivier University in New Hampshire where she worked as a Graduate Assistant for Student Success. Prior to completing her Master’s program, Danielle attended the University of New Hampshire where she received her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Nutrition. Danielle has spent time working for the non-profit organization Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Match Support Specialist, and for Work Opportunities Unlimited as a Career Resource Specialist. In her role as a fellow she is devoted to helping students work towards clarification of their professional and educational goals through self-reflection and experiential learning. With a focus on interests, strengths, and values Danielle works with students in all areas of professional development. She also partners with Greek Life and other organizations across campus to provide career-related programs and drop-in advising hours in an effort to meet student’s needs in a way that is convenient for them. Education/Training M. Ed., 2014, School Counseling, Rivier University, Nashua, NH B.A., 2011, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH Professional Interests/Background Career advising, professional development, positive psychology in career development, career services in higher education, mentoring, school counseling, and client-centered therapy Professional Activity North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers (NCACE), Member 2014-Present Personal Interests New to the area, Danielle enjoys exploring all that North Carolina has too offer in regards to both indoor and outdoor recreation. During her free time she enjoys working out, experimenting with new recipes, being crafty, and trying to find as many things that Sriracha tastes good on. I can help you with: Career Exploration Connecting you with the Career Services Department for Support Cover Letters Interviewing Skills/Mock Interviews Networking Resumes

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