Giving College Students a Monster Advantage
What do University of Maine, SUNY-Alfred State College, Texas State Technical College-Waco, and Ohio Northern University have in common? It’s obviously not location, not degrees or majors offered, not even campus size.
Yes, they all serve the educational needs of their students in unique and effective ways. Yes, they all have successful alumni who got their start on their campuses. But they also all share another less obvious characteristic. All of them have consistently given their first-year students a distinct and “Monster-ous” advantage—giving them a glimpse into a career crystal ball by hosting the Monster College Advantage presentation.
According to The American Freshman National Norms for Fall 2009, 84% of the first-year college students surveyed said they were going to college because they wanted to get a better job, and 73% said they were there because they wanted to make more money. Monster’s Making It Count Programs developed the Monster College Advantage presentation with the belief that more students will reach their goal of a better job upon graduation if they know, on “day one” of their college career, the rules and reality of the job search and hiring process that employers are going to follow. If students have defined career goals and know the criteria by which they will be judged, they will be able to craft a college experience that will open the doors they want, starting with their first semester on campus, even if they don’t yet know for sure which doors they want to open.
Formerly known as The Ultimate Road Trip, Monster College Advantage is a dynamic and energetic presentation, typically delivered to college students as a part of New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, First-Year Experience programs, as well as other school-specific first-year programming. The program is designed to empower students to own their college experience and is delivered by an entertaining, professional speaker.
Through presentations like Monster College Advantage, and thanks to a shared mission with educational partners that host the program year after year, Monster’s Making It Count continues to be successful in educating students about academic and career options available to them and in motivating them to set and reach their career goals. Together, Making It Count and their educational partners are working to ensure that first-year college students know that success is attainable and have started to put a plan in place to make it happen.
Autumn Outlaw, Student Engagement and Alumni Outreach Coordinator at Texas State Technical College-Waco, is one of those educational partners. This campus, which is part of the only state-supported technical college system in Texas, has been hosting Monster’s Making It Count Programs, particularly Monster College Advantage and its predecessor, The Ultimate Road Trip, as part of its New Student Orientation since 2005.
“I got the position of new student orientation coordinator about two-and-a-half years ago,” says Ms. Outlaw, “and the gentleman