Personal and Professional Development for First Year Students

All first-year students are invited to apply to for the Personal and Professional Development (PPD060) course. This course supports interested students in developing their professional identity, alumni networks, and career goals as they envision how their four years of undergraduate education and experience will prepare them fully for a fulfilling personal and professional future. This course focuses on developing essential skills to build and sustain empowering mentoring relationships; as well as activities, guest speakers, and assignments designed to prepare students to take full advantage of opportunities within the global Muhlenberg community.

Interested students can complete the online application or apply to enroll during June Advising.

By taking this course, students will have the opportunity to engage with The Muhlenberg Network an exciting new alumni and student initiative on campus. ”Muhlenberg College has always been a learning community in which individuals help one another to achieve powerful life and career outcomes,” said President John I. Williams, Jr., “I’m tremendously excited about how the Muhlenberg Mentor Network will continue and extend that rich tradition.”

The Muhlenberg Mentor Network program supports the College’s liberal arts mission to “educate the whole person through experiences within and beyond the classroom.” Student connections in this distinctive undergraduate Network are developed throughout the course in addition to in-class experiences that help students focus on building essential skills needed to develop and sustain an empowering mentor network.

Enrolling in PPD060 provides exceptional opportunities for students to develop their emerging professional identities through engaging learning experiences and the development of connections with alumni, parents, faculty and staff.

See below for more detail on the course goals and structure:

PPD 060: Developing Your Professional Identity and Network

How do passion and interests translate to personal development and career pathways? How is your professional identity shaped by your roles and responsibilities in the college community? What is the value of a mentor network in helping you develop and shape your professional identity? How can you showcase and integrate academic and co-curricular accomplishments to help you achieve your career objectives?  During this course students will explore these questions through assignments, workshop activities, and mentor network opportunities.

The course also integrates key compliance and community standards presentations to ensure that all first-year students understand their rights and responsibilities on diversity and inclusion Title IX, social judicial policies, and counseling services. These were identified as critical aspects of Foundations of Student Success. Course Instructors partner closely with invited speakers to connect community standards at Muhlenberg to students’ preparation for future professional and leadership opportunities. This integrated approach encourages students to understand their responsible as campus community members, develop connections with key staff/faculty members across campus, and reflect on how practicing these community values now informs their preparation for life after college.

Through readings, class assignments, and mentor network activities, students will:

  • Identify their strengths, passions, and areas for improvement
  • Reflect on how their skills, interests, and passions align with specific career fields
  • Develop their understanding of professional etiquette and social media presence
  • Learn how to navigate networking conversations of various types

Apply Now!

All first-year students are invited to apply to participate in this course either by filling out the online application or in person during June Advising- highly interested students are encouraged to apply early since this course is limited to 45 students per semester.

Students will be notified of their acceptance into the Personal and Professional Development course following June Advising.

For more information, please contact PPD060 Instructors Jenna Azar, jazar@muhlenberg.edu or Ryan Smolko, rsmolko@muhlenberg.edu.