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Kristin Guthrie '10 has returned to Lycoming College this semester as an intern in the career services office.
Guthrie, who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, is pursuing a master's degree in education in counseling and student affairs at Bloomsburg University.
She schedules classroom presentations and discussions with students on topics such as career services, resume writing skills, cover letters and graduate school applications. She also hosts a resume review session each Wednesday night.
"What attracted me to Lycoming College as an undergraduate was the small, intimate campus setting where students are able to interact with faculty and staff at an individual level," Guthrie said. "When I was asked to determine a placement for my internship requirement, I knew that Lycoming College was where I would like to intern, mostly for the same reasons. The small, private college setting would allow me to interact with many professionals within the student affairs field and gain exposure not only to career services and counseling, but also the other divisions within the college and to see how they interact with one another."
Guthrie has also volunteered at Bloomsburg's Career Development Center. "My interest in career services has evolved out of an interest in both student development and career development," she said.
Guthrie is running a program designed for freshmen and sophomores that focuses on career planning. The program consists of four workshops where students will explore different career options through self-assessment in the hopes of finding a career best suited to their personal values, interests and skills. Open workshops are offered once a week for all students that focus on resume and cover letter building skills. Finally, Guthrie is helping to plan and organize "Life After Lyco," a street fair for graduating seniors to learn about the transition from college to either work or graduate school.
"My goal while I am at Lycoming is to be able to reach out to as many students as possible and make them aware of the valuable resources that the College has to offer them," she said.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.