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Getting Started

It is important to go into the site experience with a positive attitude, because your experience will be what you make of it. Don't look at the program as something that will take time out of your day, but as something that can help you become a more authentic version of yourself.

Your site supervisor wants to be there for you and help provide you with a beneficial and positive experience.

Here are a few things that will help you get the most out of the experience:

  • Get to know your supervisor. 
    You were assigned to his or her office for a reason. Your supervisor may have some of the same interests as you, or may be well informed or connected in the areas that will help you the most in moving forward.
  • Be respectful.
    Your supervisor does not represent the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices and had nothing to do with your case. They are here for you. It is important to treat your supervisor’s commitment to you, to the program, and the time committment with respect. Be on time, answer e-mails, and inform them if anything comes up.
  • Be honest and engaged. 
    Your supervisor does not know why you were sanctioned, and you are not obligated to share; however, the more you share about yourself, the more your supervisor can help you. Disclose what you feel is necessary to work toward your goals, but if you don't feel comfortable sharing something, you don't have to.
  • Get to know the people at your site. 
    Many students share that the people at their site are the reason they enjoyed their experience.  These people can turn into friends, co-workers, mentors, or even references for future positions.
  • Be open to trying new things.
    The experience is designed for you. Talk with your supervisor about potential opportunities to put on your resume or to help you get to know more people on campus.  Don’t be scared to try something different, you never know what it could lead to. 

Questions?

Contact your Civic Learning Coordinator.