Category Archives: Student Tips

GradesFirst Calendar Integration with iOS Devices

iphone calendar logoFor those of you with iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, etc.), it is very easy to setup your device’s calendar to view all of your GradesFirst appointments. This will make it convenient for you to see class schedules, tutor appointments, practice schedules and any other appointments added to your GradesFirst calendar.

To setup, follow these simple steps:

  1. Using the Safari browser on your device, navigate to (Note:  You must do this from the device you want to setup).
  2. Login to GradesFirst.

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    Gold Calendar Tab

  3. Navigate to your GradesFirst calendar by clikcing the gold “Calendar” tab at top of screen.

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    Right Sidebar

  4. Select the “Setup calendar integration” link in the right sidebar.
  5. Now you’ve reached the instructions page for the calendar integration.  In the top line of the first paragraph on this page, click on the “click here” link. This will send a request to your device’s calendar.
  6. Next, you will see a blue pop-up box asking you to “subscribe” to the GradesFirst calendar (it may take up to two minutes for this box to appear).Photo Skitch Document - Subscribe Box
  7. Finally, click “subscribe” and the GradesFirst calendar, including all of your appointments, will be added to your device’s calendar.

* You can toggle this calendar on/off by going to the calendar settings on your device.


10 Questions You Must Ask at Networking Night

10 Questions You Must Ask at Networking Night
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When given the opportunity to interact with professionals to solicit career advice, you want to approach them with a plan.  At Thursday’s Student-Athlete Networking Night event, there will be representatives from approximately 30 companies willing and available to give insight into their companies, industries, and personal career stories.  I encourage you to take advantage of this networking opportunity because the benefits could be enormous.

Our Athletics Department staff understands the importance of building your professional network now, when you don’t actually need.  Make your connections and cultivate them while finishing school, then you will have strong foundation to start looking for that first job.

Here are few tips for the event:

  • Attend the event knowing what you want to get out of it.  Know which companies will be in attendance then make your game plan.
  • Create a professional email address (not
  • Create a professional web presence with an account – view mine at  
  • Dress professionally, act professionally, speak professionally. Be a professional.
  • When you speak about yourself, keep it simple – sport/event(s), class, major, hometown, career aspirations.  Remember, you’re there to learn from them, not the other way around.
  • Make sure you move around the room at the event. Don’t get tied down talking to one person for an extended period of time.  Your time is valuable and limited. Make sure you maximize the amount of quality contacts you make with the business professionals.
  • If you get a business card or contact information from a professional, be sure to send them a thank you note or email.
  • Finally, practice your  questions in advance so you’re not fumbling over your words when you’re visiting with professionals.  Below are the ten questions you must be prepared to ask . . . 
10 Questions You Must Ask at Networking Night

  1. How did you choose this career field?
  2. What did you do to prepare for this career? How have past jobs lead you to your next position?
  3. How do you spend a typical workday? Work week?
  4. What skills or talents are required in this job and/or field?
  5. What is the outlook for your field? Is it growing? If so, in what ways?
  6. Are there any professional associations and journals that you would recommend?
  7. After you have shared a little about yourself, ask the following question: Given my background, which positions would I be best suited for?
  8. How do people find out about jobs in your field?
  9. How do most people enter your profession?
  10. What final advice would you give me if I wanted to be successful in your line of work?

Here is a great video with more networking tips from Hank Blank.