A speaker presents one of the breakout sessions during last year's Senior (Dis)Orientation.

Being a senior and preparing for life after college is stressful, but seniors don’t have to do it alone.

Senior (Dis)Orientation is a program offered for seniors who want to prepare themselves for life after graduation.

Associate director of career development Karen Lindsey-Lloyd said seniors need to start thinking about the “college to career transition.”

“There’s all these hoops you have to jump through to get a job, and I think seniors underestimate the quick passing of time during their last year,” Lindsey-Lloyd said. “There’s a long cycle between interviews and an actual job offer. I want seniors to be more aware of that and I think this program is perfect for it.”

This year’s program will feature new networking opportunities as well as the traditional alumni panel, a guest speaker at lunch and three breakout sessions.

The new addition to the program will allow seniors to make personal connections with the speakers, Charles Dunning, the director of the senior year experience, said.

Dunning said the alumni panel features three to five people who have graduated from TCU within the last five years. The alumni will answer questions about what they wish they knew while at TCU.

Students talk during lunch at last year's Senior (Dis)Orientation.
Students talk during lunch at last year’s Senior (Dis)Orientation. (Photo Courtesy of Charles Dunning)

This year’s speaker at lunch is Carlo Capua. Capua is the owner and operator of Z’s Cafe & Catering in Fort Worth and is the president-elect for the TCU Alumni Association. He will be speaking about what it takes to be successful after college and the importance of staying involved with TCU after graduation.

The breakout sessions offer seven different topics:

  • Researching and applying to graduate/professional programs
  • Making the most of graduate/professional school
  • Financial management and planning
  • Entering the job market
  • Relocation and independent living
  • Getting along at work
  • Building a new social life.

“It’s not possible to offer an event that a student can walk away from and be perfectly prepared, but what they will have is everything they need to graduate as prepared as they possibly can be,” Dunning said.

Dunning and Lindsey-Lloyd said the program is in place so seniors can learn about the resources that are available to them.

“Even if they think they know everything they need to know to graduate, they’re probably going to discover some stuff they didn’t know,” Dunning said.

Lindsey-Lloyd agreed.

“This is an event that will inspire, encourage and equip you,” Lindsey-Lloyd said.

Senior (Dis)Orientation is on Oct. 24 in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Tobi is a senior journalism major from Lewisville, Texas. She works as the downtown Fort Worth multimedia reporter.