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Student Engagement


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Navigate Your Route from Major to Magis

Deciding between a few majors? Trying to figure out what to do with your identified major? Interested in exploring what it means for you to live a life of purpose?  Then Pathfinders is the place for you! This joint initiative between The Office of Student Engagement and The Career Center is a sophomore only group that meets during the fall semester. It offers weekly support, peer mentorship, and step by step guidance through the career exploration and vocational discernment process. By the end of the semester, each participant will have gained a clearer understanding of their intended major/minor, a better understanding of their career options, and the tools to navigate future vocational decisions.

To begin this exploration on your own now, please check out our Pathfinders Career & Vocation Workbook!

Pathfinders Mission

Pathfinders is a supportive and encouraging community of sophomore students committed to contemplative action to unearth their authentic selves within the context of major exploration and declaration.

Program Goals

Founded upon the Jesuit practice of action grounded in meaningful contemplation, the Pathfinders program aims to:

  • Explore—passions, strengths, opportunities, and questions pertinent to the major declaration and vocational discernment journey.
  • Reflect—to find meaning and direction from daily experiences.
  • Act—through small consistent steps toward vocation and to aid others on their unique paths to purpose.

Join Our Community!

While students who have yet to declare a major may benefit most from participation, all rising sophomores are eligible to join our community. Once registered, you will be added to one of four Pathfinder cohorts based on your interests and availability. In partnership with ALANA services, sophomores will have the option to self-select into a Pathfinders affinity cohort for students of color.

Sophomores can sign-up to participate by completing the Pathfinders Registration Form. Registration will occur August 9-27, 2021.

Please contact Assistant Director for Class Year & Discernment Programs, Ashley Schantz, at aschantz@loyola.edu if you would like to schedule a personal meeting to discuss your vocational journey.