Beginning in the Fall of 2014, all in-coming Earlham students will participate in at least one, designated immersion experience (IE) in their career. The IE will be focused on helping you test out future career directions and academic interests experientially. Whether you are thinking about graduate school, a particular career, or just a conceptual category (e.g. "I think I want to work in a lab"), the IE will allow you to explore possible leadings in a more purposeful manner.
Central to the 10-year mindset is a developmental model of exploration and inquiry regarding your personal vocational discernment. As a result, IE's are most often accomplished in the Sophomore or Junior year. This allows important testing and reflection of interests and career choices earlier in the undergraduate experience. Preparing students for their experience through guided reflection and critical thinking is central to making the experience "educative."
Immersion Experience Curricular Goals:
- Enhance and deepen the connections between theoretical and practical forms of knowledge
- Encourage the application of skills to practical challenges
- Support and enhance vocational discernment and exploration
- Promote community engagement and/or civic responsibility
- Experience collaborative, social learning and work environments including teamwork and problem solving
- Demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on practical experiences