Real World Edge

Students will demonstrate the ability to relate theory to practice.  They will:

  • Develop an appreciation for the many factors (resources, personalities, competing priorities, etc.) involved in “real world” situations
  • Develop the confidence needed to succeed in future career and community opportunities
  • Better integrate theory from a student’s major or minor into practice outside of the classroom setting

To satisfactorily achieve the outcome, students will complete:

  • 100 hours that may include a combination of service learning, research experiences, work experience, internships or professional activities
  • Log your hours on the Superior Edge logging system
  • Write a reflection paper and complete a short survey

Examples of what would count towards completion of the Real World Edge:

  • service learning courses:  in the syllabi it should state how many hours a student will receive
  • research experiences:  Freshman Fellows, apprenticeships, working with a faculty member
  • related work experience:  an early childhood student working at a daycare, a graphic design student working in a design office, an accounting major working at a CPA firm, etc.
  • internships/practica/apprenticeships/field work
  • professional activities:  attending or presenting at a professional conference

Possible Real World Activities:

  • Internship/employment related to your major or minor
  • Academic student organization associated with your major or minor
  • Volunteer for an organization associated with your major or minor
  • Attend workshops/conferences associated with your major
  • A chairperson on a board pertaining to your major or minor
  • Work with professors, graduate assistants or teaching assistants on extra projects pertaining to your major or minor