Center for Success Coaching

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Timely Topic Articles:

My semester is not ending as planned. Help!

My grades might be rough. What now?

I'm ending strong! What's next?

When can I see my fall bill? I want to make a budget.

I want summer employment, but my resume needs an overhaul. Ideas please?

 

My semester is not ending as planned. Help!

IF AN ILLNESS, ACCIDENT, OR OTHER UNEXPECTED EVENT IS IMPACTING FINALS WEEK:

  • Let me know. We can examine resources, strategies, and options to help.

  • Approach your instructors about an "incomplete" as needed. In some circumstances, an instructor might be willing to let a student wrap up remaining classwork in a more suitable timeline. It's an instructor's discretion if they will issue an incomplete grade. Contact me for help navigating ideas and options.

  • A medical withdraw option exists in special circumstances.  A medical withdraw is for extreme circumstances only. There are unique factors to a medical withdraw, so contact me if you run into a significant life challenge and need to talk through this option. A medical withdraw can only be pursued through Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

IF YOU'RE NAVIGATING A DISAGREEMENT WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

  • Learn about the academic grievance policy and process. UToledo has an academic grievance process for undergraduate students.

  • It's important to attempt remedying the concern directly with the instructor. From there, progress to the department chair. I'm happy to help you navigate or refer you for further assistance.
 

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My grades might be rough. What now?

If you have a UTOLEDO SCHOLARSHIP:

  • Renewable scholarships are reviewed after final grades are posted.
  • Scholarships are subject to reduction or termination if you fall below the scholarship's terms and conditions.  
  • Check your Rockets email account for information regarding your scholarship renewal if you do not meet the renewal criteria.
  • Have questions? It's OK to start with me!

If you utilize FINANCIAL AID:

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) are academic standards that ensure you are successfully completing your coursework and qualify to continue receiving financial aid.
  • SAP is evaluated after spring grades post.
  • For SAP status and appeal options, monitor your email for communications from UToledo.

GPA and credit hours impact your ACADEMIC STANDING

  • The University of Toledo (UT) expects students to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress towards degree completion.
  • Academic good standing requires an undergraduate student to maintain a cumulative UT grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • The university will complete spring semester academic processes after spring grades are posted.
  • The Registrar's Office and your academic college will notify you via Rockets email about your academic probation/suspension status (if applicable) and next steps.

Explore if you should ADJUST YOUR FALL SCHEDULE

  • Consider if you need a different balance of classes, if you did not meet a pre-requisite to take a course, or if you are considering a change of major.
  • Always consult with your academic advisor before making changes to your fall schedule to ensure you are meeting your degree requirements and approved plan of study. 

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I'm ending strong! What's next?

Congrats!!! Each semester, full-time students with a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher are named to the Dean's List, and full-time students with a 4.0 semester GPA are honored on the President's List. You can also note GPA achievements on your resume if desired as well.

Additionally, you might notice some email solicitations from assorted honors societies. Be cautious of groups requiring a fee to recognize your academic achievements. Your success coach is happy to reflect with you about these opportunities and what might be most prudent.

Given your excellent progress, maybe it's time to think about your goals next semester! Is it an ideal time to expand your involvement or service hours? Should you consider a leadership role in a student organization? Will it be helpful to explore undergrad research opportunities or other experiences? Remember to use your success coach as a sounding board for next steps!

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When can I see my fall bill? I want to make a budget 

Watch for communications from UToledo

  • If your FAFSA was received on time and processed, you should be able to view your 22-23 financial aid budget: MyUT > Student Tab > My Financial Aid > Award Overview.
  • The fall e-statement/bill is scheduled to go live by mid-July. This will also be when you can formally accept your desired aid for 2022-23.
  • You will be notified via Rockets email if you are selected for verification or have important steps to take.
  • Remember, keep in touch if you're experiencing financial hardships, especially due to the challenges of recent years. I'm happy to help you explore financial resources and options.

So, you want to flex your money habits?! Woot woot!

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I want summer employment, but my resume needs an overhaul. Ideas please?

If you're still searching for a summer job/internship, Handshake and Career Services can help.

If your resume looks sparse due to the pandemic, that's understandable! Fortunately, now's an ideal time to explore ways to jumpstart your involvement.

Do a "skills audit"

  • Review your resume and consider your long-term goals.
    • What skill sets and experiences do you need to enhance for the future?
    • What's been lacking because you had to dial things back during the pandemic?
  • I'm happy to connect now or over the summer to strategize more about filling in the gaps and gaining the experiences you want for the future.

Utilize Career Services

  • Polish your resume and identify great opportunities this summer!
  • Explore summer jobs or internships. Get started with Career Services.

Work with Office of Student Involvement & InvoNet 

  • Stay connected over the summer and map out your fall involvement goals. Email them at GetInvolved@utoledo.edu to start exploring, and remember to research further on Invonet.

Consider research and national fellowship opportunities

  • The Office of Undergraduate Research can help you find opportunities! One of the challenging pieces can be connecting with a faculty mentor on campus, so building relationships with professors and lab mentors is crucial in this process! Let me know if you ever want strategies on networking.
  • The Office of Competitive Fellowships assists students in the application of nationally competitive scholarships or fellowships.
Last Updated: 6/27/22