The Ten-Year Mindset is a guiding principle at Earlham in helping you become future focused. It's a way of thinking about how to get the most out of the exceptional educational resources at your disposal at Earlham and placing your four years of undergraduate work in a longer horizon of choices, experiences, reflection and change.
It is about fostering reflective learning, about testing future directions, adjusting, knowing what is possible, and what is required to get there. Importantly, this includes a period of time after Earlham (thus the 10-year notion as opposed to a 4-year plan). It links together intellectual pursuits within your major, proactive advising, experiential learning and skill development, and vocation/career discernment into a coherent plan of action rooted strongly in the richness and diversity of the liberal arts.
Where is the Ten-Year Mindset?
It's everywhere! It happens in class during your Earlham seminar, your research intensive, or your Senior Capstone. It happens as you talk with your advisor about your immersion experience or your summer plans. It happens as you build knowledge, skills and abilities volunteering in the community or leading a student organization.
College isn't about "checking boxes," collecting badges, or getting requirements out of the way. An Earlham education is about being fully present, getting the most out your time here, and preparing yourself to make a real difference in the world. As you experience the Ten-Year Mindset, you can think more holistically — about how everything in your education is, in fact, integrated. And, how you can purposefully and consciously use that integration to build your future.