5 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier: December Edition

by Sophie Hale-Brown ’18

There are many great things about December: sunsets at 4:30 p.m. (so you never miss them), twinkle lights, family time, and copious varieties of hot holiday drinks. As the semester winds down, it is nice to find moments to slow down, take care of our health, and appreciate holiday cheer!

Once again, we stopped students as they were roaming about campus to ask them what little tidbits they wish they knew earlier about living and learning at Beloit. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, you’ve most likely had a moment where you thought, “Why didn’t anyone tell me that?”  Well, good news. This is a summary of information that could transform your December.

Did you know?

  • The Registrar’s Office offers free degree audits for students. Schedule a degree audit through the Registrar’s Office to meet with Mary Boros-Kazai. She will walk you through whether or not you are on track to graduate on time and let you know if you are missing credits needed to earn your diploma.
  • If you are trying to calculate credits for graduation on your own, know that you need 31 units overall to graduate, and you can’t have more than 13 units from one subject code.
  • To participate in Sustained Dialogue (SD) during Spring 2018, you need to apply. Not sure whether SD is something you want to participate in next semester? There is one 90-minute session left this semester that can help give you a feel for how SD operates: Thursday, December 7th, from 8-9:30 p.m., in MI Fireplace Lounge. If you’re ready to commit to SD in Spring 2018, you can sign up at www.tinyurl.com/SDspring18. For more information, contact Sustained Dialogue Coordinator Sarah Tweedale at tweedales@beloit.edu.
  • There are saunas located in the public locker rooms in the Sports Center that are open for student use. If you are in need of a bit of pampering or looking for a respite from the cold weather, here is a campus resource you should definitely take advantage of.
  • If you’re working on job applications over winter break, remember to send a thank you letter after your interviews. A thank you letter effectively shows your interest in the position and makes you a more memorable candidate. According to Monster.com, only 24% of applicants actually do this, even though 84% of HR managers cite thank you notes as a factor in their decision-making process.