The Success Kit: Your ASK Workbook

Graduate school is a journey toward academic and career success. Your journey is unique to your needs and interests.

You need tools and resources. Rather than overload you with a ton of information, we offer you a customizable navigation guide – your ASK Workbook. Each of the 10 critical facets in the ASK Workbook has a single Values & Direction page that gives you an overview. This is followed by a few pages with checklists and questions to help you determine what you bring with you as well as areas for further development.

Download the ASK Workbook

Make your ASK Workbook work for you: Discover resources and opportunities, map strategic academic and career pathways, and make your journey at CGU productive, well- balanced, and some of the best years of your life.

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Section 1. Overview: The Concept of Graduate Pathways to Success

The big picture of success and how to get started. The concept of Graduate Pathways to Success—navigating your way, taking charge, building a plan for success; the principles of success: explore, connect, share, adapt, and ask; transdisciplinary skills for success; and getting connected at CGU.

Section 2. Advising and Academic Mentoring

Fostering good advising. Academic advising guidelines, checklist for advisor meetings, and advising meeting notes.

Section 3. Academic Planning

Planning your journey. Annotated key pages from the student handbook, enrollment for classes, understanding the Office of the Registrar as part of your academic planning, copies of academic plans and timelines, important forms, a visual map of your program pathway.

Section 4. Graduate Study Skills

Sharpening your tools. Checklist of essential graduate study skills; study skills resource checklist: the Center for Writing & Rhetoric, Honnold Mudd Library, citation management, and research databases; academic integrity; digital tools, and the Office of Information Technology.

Section 5. Career Planning: Academic and Non-Academic Careers

Looking ahead to career horizons. Career Development Office, internships, and career road maps; Preparing Future Faculty and teaching preparation.

Section 6. Professional Development

Building professional capacity. Professional associations and key conferences, key journals, writing proposals for conferences, presentation skills checklist, writing for publication checklist, the PFF Progress Checklist, and grant writing.

Section 7. Networking and Mentoring

Connecting and expanding opportunities. Mentoring and networking sources and lists, web presence plan and checklist, and the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Section 8. Student Life, Diversity & Leadership (SLDL)

Connecting for community and leadership. Student life engagement, diversity and identity, international students and a nity groups, leadership and mentoring, and student associations and organizations.

Section 9. Self-Management, Health, and Balance

Taking care of your whole self. Health and wellness (physical, emotional, and spiritual), managing time and workload, recreation, dining halls and cafeterias, disability services, and Title IX.

Section 10. Financial Literacy

Managing your finances. Paying for your education, FAFSA, financial aid, student loans, scholarships, and alternate sources for funding.