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Celebrating Our Nontraditional Students, November 1-5



Nontraditional Student Week is celebrated nationwide in early November and is an opportunity for institutions to highlight the achievements and life experiences of their nontraditional students.

This year, the College of General Studies is partnering with several Pitt schools, offices, and units to bring to you an exciting lineup of events and activities for Nontraditional Student Week. The festivities kick off on Monday, November 1st, with offerings you can enjoy from home and on campus.

Schedule of Events

Academic Success and Wellbeing: Time Management

Monday, November 1 | 12:00-1:00pm | Virtual

As a nontraditional student you might be wondering how you can successfully balance work, academics, personal life, and family commitments. This workshop led by Ingrid Beute, Academic Coach at Study Lab, will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your time management style and gain an understanding of how to maximize your time and the benefits associated with organizing and prioritizing your time, being present in the moment, and understanding the importance of self-care.

Advance registration required. Register now to reserve your spot in this Zoom webinar »

Showcasing Your Unique Skills for Meaningful Employment

Wednesday, November 3 | 12:00-1:00pm | Virtual

Nontraditional students have unique strengths and skills that employers value. They have a richness of life experience in which they have learned to manage and juggle the responsibilities of work and/or family. Their drive to better themselves and succeed is a corner stone of their commitment to gaining further education for professional advancement. Employers value this commitment and seek to fill positions with experienced and newly educated graduates.

The panel of employers and alumni will share tips on how to take advantage of the skills and maturity that nontraditional students bring to the table, the types of positions they hire for, as well as how to reach out and connect early on with potential employers to build a strong network. This panel is organized by Pitt's Career Center and is open to all majors and any student who considers themselves nontraditional. Meet the Panelists flyer »

No registration required. Click here to join this Zoom webinar with your Pitt User Name »

Smart Justice with Terrell Thomas

Wednesday, November 3 | 3:30-4:30pm | Virtual

Join Alpha Psi Omega, the Pitt chapter of The American Criminal Justice Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, for a talk with Terrell Thomas, Senior Field Organizer of the Campaign for Smart Justice with the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Mr. Thomas previously served as the Executive Director of The Isaiah Project, a youth development program for Pittsburgh area teenagers, and he is the President of Power University, a community awareness and education program for Pittsburgh residents. Mr. Thomas is expected to discuss a range of topics in criminal justice including his work with the Campaign for Smart Justice to reduce Pennsylvania’s jail and prison population while combating racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

No registration required. Click here to join this Zoom webinar with your Pitt User Name (Passcode: PITTLAE) »

The Long and Winding Road: Nonlinear Paths to the Health Professions

Thursday, November 4 | 12:00-1:30pm | Virtual   

In the healthcare field, there are many roads that lead to a sense of professional accomplishment and satisfaction. How one gets to where they are going in the pursuit of their career and the time needed to get there will vary depending on personal and family circumstances. However, those vested in their education will arrive successfully. In this program, “The Long and Winding Road: Nonlinear Paths to the Health Professions”, students will have the opportunity to learn the stories of professional students in the School of Medicine and the School of Rehabilitation Science Physician Assistant Studies program who have taken a nontraditional path to achieving their educational goals. Best practices will be shared and informational resources will be provided to help transition the student from their pre-health track to a professional studies program. Meet the Panelists Flyer »

Advance registration required. Register now to reserve your spot in this Zoom webinar »

Late Morning Coffee with Financial Aid

Friday, November 5 | 10:00-11:00am | Virtual

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for a short virtual presentation by Tom Damski, Financial Aid Counselor.  You will learn about financial aid programs for nontraditional students and gain tips and ideas on how to make the most of the resources available to you.

Advance registration required. Register now to reserve your spot in this Zoom webinar »

Resources for Undergraduate Scholars, Artists, and Researchers

Friday, November 5 | 1:00-2:00pm | Virtual

This moderated panel discussion, led by representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, introduces resources to support students looking to acquire an initial research experience at the University, or build upon existing research experience. The panel also includes a discussion of opportunities for students interested in other forms of experiential learning, such scholarly and artistic activity. Programs to be discussed include mentoring programs as well as fellowships and awards.

No registration required. Click here to join this Zoom webinar with your Pitt User Name (Passcode: OUR2021) »


Brought to you in partnership with The Dietrich School Study Lab and the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Medicine, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Pitt’s Interprofessional Center for Health Careers, Office of Financial Aid, Hillman Library, the Career Services Center, CGS LAE Alpha Psi Omega Criminal Justice student group, and CGS Student Government.

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