Past Alternative Break Trips

Xandra
Alexandra (“Xandra”) Stanford ’20

Alternative Breaks have taken students to New York City, New Orleans, the Florida Everglades, and more! Students have worked within these communities to address varied social issues, including (but not limited to) affordable housing, immigrant and refugee rights, environmental stewardship, animal rights, etc. Read on to learn about selected past trips!

Alternative Breaks: Frequently Asked Questions

Xandra
Alexandra (“Xandra”) Stanford ’20

This resource is an overview of FAQs about Alternative Breaks, covering the topics of eligibility, structure, timing, and more.

2019-20 Alternative Breaks

Xandra
Alexandra (“Xandra”) Stanford ’20

Spend your Wintersession or Spring Break making a difference! Join us on one of our Alternative Breaks to learn about social issues. 2019-20 trip themes are: Shelters and Anti-Domestic Violence Work;  LGBTQIA+ Health and Human Rights; Public Health and Food Security. Applications for March 2020 Spring Break trips is are open Monday, November 11 – Monday, November 25 at 11:30pm. The application will be posted on Handshake.

“It was when I participated in an Alternative Break over the winter that I realized I needed to bring my passion for service back to campus.”

Wellesley Career Education Winter Job Shadow Program

Jennifer Pollard
Jennifer Pollard

Make the most of your winter break by taking part in a one-day job shadow opportunity to explore a career field or industry of interest to you! The winter job shadow program engages alums and parents in cities across the country to host a student for a half day or full day at their current organization on Tuesday, January 14 or Wednesday, January 15. 

What If My Grades Aren't Strong?

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

First and foremost, you do not need to have all A grades to be accepted into a health professions school. But schools will want to see evidence of ability in the sciences and strong study skills that will allow you to succeed in a graduate academic environment.

Marketing

Destiny
Destiny M. Barletta

Advertising and marketing are terms that tend to be synonymous in the minds of many, and rightfully so; the two functions are complementary and intertwined. In the simplest terms, marketers determine packaging, pricing, and promotion strategy (marketing campaign) for current and new products, keeping the brand, or the image the company is trying to convey with their products, in mind. Advertisers carry out the product promotion through development and strategic placement of memorable and persuasive advertisements, both subtle and overt, to get the message out to the target market.

Davis Projects for Peace (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College ‘28), the Projects for Peace program offers undergraduates and graduating seniors funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2019—anywhere in the world — that promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects may employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding ways to resolve conflict and maintain peace. Any current Wellesley student is eligible to apply. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Advertising

Destiny
Destiny M. Barletta

In broad terms, an advertising agency is a marketing consultant. It helps the client, for example, a consumer goods manufacturer such as Nike or a service provider such as Charles Schwab, with all aspects of marketing their product or service, from strategy and concept through execution. Strategy involves helping the client make high-level business decisions, such as determining which new products to develop, or how to brand or define itself to the world.

Curriculum Design

Katy Ryan
Katy Ryan

Career paths in curriculum design are wide-ranging, beginning with the variety of terms and job titles you will hear and levels of preparation required (a Bachelor’s degree is required, often a master’s is preferred--or depth of knowledge in the subject). There is often confusion within the occupation surrounding titles. Typically, the role involves development and evaluation of curricular and training materials.

What To Do If You Are Not Accepted

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

If you are placed on a waitlist, do not give up hope. Students may be accepted from the waitlist at any time up until the first day of class, depending on the policy of the individual school. Many Wellesley students have successfully entered health professions schools off of waitlists. However, begin alternative planning in case you are not accepted off of the waitlist.

Gaining Service Experience for Health Profession Schools

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Becoming a health professional requires a true dedication to serving others. Often health professionals are asked to put the needs of their patients ahead of their own. Health professions schools want to see that applicants care enough for others that they are willing to volunteer their time to help them. They will be interested in seeing evidence of your service to your community since high school.

“The Truman application was a tremendous opportunity to reflect on my motivations, my values, and my aspirations in public service. The process was challenging and intimidating at times, but I came away with a greater confidence in my purpose and in my voice.”

The Gig Economy

Destiny
Destiny M. Barletta

If full-time, permanent, salaried positions are difficult to find in the area you want to work (as is often the case in creative fields), gig work, freelancing, or a side hustle related to your interests could be a good way to gain experience and build your resume. Gig work can also be a path to meeting life’s practical obligations while honing your craft or perusing creative goals.

20 Questions to Jump-start Your Career Exploration

CCM
College Career Mentors

In this resource, you will find questions meant to prompt your career exploration. Take time to reflect on each question as a strong understanding of oneself will be essential in order to effectively navigate the twists and turns of your unique career path. Get to know your values, personality type, strengths and interests. These all deeply inform your satisfaction with career choice.

Post-Baccalaureate Planning

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

The words “post-baccalaureate” refer to what you will do after you’ve graduated from college. In the health professions world, it is often used to refer to how someone might improve her chances for admission to a health professions school.

Jan 21, 2020

Davis Projects for Peace - campus deadline

Eligible: undergraduates and graduating seniors in any field from any country.

International Student, Travel, Service, Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College ‘28), the Davis Projects for Peace offers undergraduates funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2020--anywhere in the world--to promote peace and address the root causes of conflict. Wellesley may nominate one project and one alternate for funding each year.

You don't have to go it alone: drop in to Fellowship Pop-Up Advising (see Events listings on this website), or talk things over with Kate Dailinger or Caitlin Roberts Donovan at Career Education. Note that it's smart to plan ahead-- advising...