Pathways to Success Workshop: exploring challenges and identifying resources to help students, faculty, and professionals create a vision of success
This SHI signature workshop is aimed at encouraging students, faculty, and professionals to find and pursue their passion in science. Pathways to Success provides insights and concrete approaches for navigating various roads to successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Participants visualize their own paths from the past through the present and into their future. They identify ways to recognize obstacles and techniques and resources to overcome them. This individual reflection is coupled with small group discussions, helping participants develop critical assessments and sketches of academic paths to fulfilling their (clarified) personal aspirations.
“Mary Ann led a specialized session entitled Pathways to Success. In one swoop I was able to identify the challenges I’ve faced and the obstacles I had to overcome in my past to get to where I was then, and dig deep within myself to discover what I really wanted to do and where I wanted to be in the future. It was extremely emotional for me and therapeutic. It…changed…my….life!”
Yashema Mack, Oak Ridge National Lab
“The Pathways to Success workshop was extremely beneficial to me, as well as emotional. This workshop helped me realize that the route to your goals and dreams does not have to be perfect. In fact, it can be REALLY ‘hilly’ with ‘sharp and unexpected turns.’ But even if the path is non-traditional, you can still get to that endpoint as long as you keep pushing forward.”
Melissa Romanus, doctoral student at Rutgers