A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
– Oscar Wilde
Due Dates, Multiple: First Draft–complete, but with an emphasis on course information–is due between Weeks 7 & 9 in your binder at your individual or small-group consultation meeting with your PF. Also, please bring your PACE Navigator to the advising session during BGS Week 9, as well as your appointment with your major adviser if relevant. An updated and completed version due as part of your final portfolio as well. You will also upload this document, along with your resume, to your “Class of 2022” OAKS page, and continue to do so as you progress.
BGS, on the most basic level, aims to advise you on academic and professional opportunities and necessities; to help build your professional toolkit while expanding your expressive capabilities; and to introduce you to the College and broader Charleston communities in such a way that you can begin to appreciate and enjoy those communities in new ways even as you begin to see yourself as an asset within those communities.
If that was all we did in BGS, it would be a fine first-year course with an emphasis on pre-professionalization and general community orientation. But it is much more than that. BGS also asks you–through reflection and strategic projection–to align your professional, personal, and academic goals with a deeply considered sense of the values and competencies that make you who you are, and also those that will help you become who you want to be.
The PACE Navigator, a key element in your portfolio, melds more practical academic planning objectives with this more qualitative and reflective consideration of how your values and competencies align with potential future goals.
In terms of strictly academic matters, the PACE Navigator asks that you chart out your curricular plan over the next four years. Using the form that we provide, you should complete as much of a four-year coursework plan as you feel comfortable and able to complete. Even if you do not know your major, there are “anchor” courses (e.g., Western Civilization, Gen Ed/honors requirements) that you can fill in. This will give you a sense of how different majors line up with the core requirements.
Also, when charting out the academic plan, you might consider when you might study away, do an internship for course credit, or become involved in research (particularly Independent Study and Bachelor’s Essay).
Remember, this is a planning exercise, not a binding contract. Your PACE Navigator will and should be endlessly revised over the course of your four years here. Your plans will change, and that’s a good thing. The idea is to look ahead and think strategically about choices you make now that might affect and reveal future opportunities.
At the end of the semester, you will be asked to revisit your Navigator, make changes to your plan if necessary, and have a final meeting with your PF to discuss your revised plans and next steps. In the future, the navigator will accompany you to all meetings with your Honors and Major advisors as part of your academic-professional portfolio.
Don’t have any clue what you kinds of things you want to pursue? Well, neither do many of your peers. And that’s precisely why this assignment is so important. We don’t expect you to be able to foretell your future; but we do want to encourage you to start thinking more creatively and intentionally about your future. The more specific your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them.