Sept. 27, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) --- SMU Athletics' Life Skills seminars started this week with the Ponies 2 `Stangs (P2S) seminar and the S.T.A.N.G.S. series. The P2S event educates freshman student-athletes about the transition to college life. The S.T.A.N.G.S series helps junior and senior student-athletes refine skills for after graduation.
The freshman student-athletes kicked off the week on Sunday by participating in the annual P2S Life Skills seminar series. P2S is a high school to college transition seminar series for freshman student-athletes entering SMU. The main objective is to engage participants in interactive learning experiences while addressing various issues faced by first-year college student-athletes.
The 107 freshmen were greeted by Deputy Athletic Director Matt Roberts, who stressed the importance of the Life Skills programs as a part of the Athletic Department's mission of preparing student-athletes for life.
Reverend Dr. Stephen Rankin, University Chaplain and Interim Dean of Student Life, spoke to the freshmen about "Transitions." He posed four questions: who are you, where are you going, how will you get there, and who will go with you?
Dr. Deborah Wade, SMU's Sport Psychologist, rounded out the evening with her "From Home to Here" presentation. Her seminar touched on a variety of issues faced by freshmen: time management, home sickness, adapting to a new environment, wellness, handling injuries and seeking assistance when needed.
The next P2S will take place on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theatre. The seminar kicks off SMU's Alcohol Awareness Week. SMU's Title IX Coordinator Samantha Thomas and NCAA Speaker Dr. Linda Hancock will lead the presentation on awareness related to sexual assault and alcohol abuse.
On Monday, Mustang junior and senior student-athletes participated in a resume building workshop as part of the Life Skills S.T.A.N.G.S. series. The S.T.A.N.G.S. program provides all the student-athletes with a game plan for success while at SMU and after graduation. Regina James and Chelsi McLain from the Hegi Family Career Development Center facilitated the workshop.
In the workshop, many topics were touched on that are essential to creating and effectively utilizing a resume. The student-athletes were engaged throughout the presentation and given a career preparation manual. The manual contained 25 traits of a student-athlete and how to incorporate those skills into a resume. They were also shown proper ways to format and write content within each section of a resume. SMU student-athletes develop unique, transferrable skills throughout their undergraduate student-athlete experience. These skills make student-athletes highly marketable and valuable assets in today's work place.
SMU Athletics strives to make their student-athletes successful both on the field and in the classroom, and this extends to life after college. Preparing student-athletes with a successful resume gives them the first tool towards success after graduation.