As my years at Boise State add up, and graduation steadily draws closer (yes, it really is getting closer), I have seen a trend that concerns me as a rather involved student here at Boise State. The more my peers and I start to think about what to do after graduation, the more I hear concerns that graduating from Boise State will impact people negatively in the application pool.
I’ve heard this from multiple students, whether it be that they don’t feel prepared for a graduate program, or that they don’t feel like their resume is strong enough to get them the kind of job they want post-graduation.
And here’s the thing. I’m tired of people bagging on BSU. I have no concerns about getting in to law school for this reason: Admissions committees look at more than grades and test scores. Every post-Boise State option I have looked in to makes me feel as though they want to hire and admit well-rounded people.
Debbie Kaylor, Boise State Career Center Director stressed the importance of having more than a degree on your resume.
“A degree is not enough,” Kaylor said. “That piece of paper is not enough.”
And she tells students the same thing.
“If you’re coming in here as a senior, you’re too late.” Kaylor said. “It’s the out of the classroom activities that matter to employers and grad schools. Coming out of Boise State doesn’t look bad on applications.”
In a nutshell: College is more than going to class. If you haven’t spent your college career building a resume and trying to make yourself someone that employers want to hire and admissions committees want to admit… Well, that’s not BSU’s fault.
There are posters all over campus trying to get students to get involved. From running for an ASBSU office to attending a networking event to getting help with career options, there are so many ways to get involved and expand your resume! And if you aren’t doing those things to make yourself stand out in application pools, that is on you, not Boise State.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. BSU can give you every opportunity to make yourself a well-rounded applicant, but nobody is going to hold your hand and guide you through it unless you reach out and ask for the help you need.