Overview of the ePDP

This section provides an introduction to the student author through a creative and engaging way such as a quote, photo, short video, word cloud, or piece of art. It can be completed as the first assigned section of the ePDP as a way for students to introduce themselves and to develop a foundation for future ePDP entries, or, it may be completed as the last assigned section as a way for students to summarize and to pull together a primary theme found throughout the other sections of their ePDPs.

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In this section, students should provide a description of the key aspects of their identity. This section should include students' personal, academic, career, and civic goals. Content should reflect where students are in their college career (e.g., freshman or senior) and the audience (e.g., self or potential employer). This section might also include:

  • Personal characteristics, values, and beliefs
  • Strengths and how they will be or are applied to college and career success
  • Personal mission statement
  • Statement of why students are in college and why they chose to attend IUPUI
  • Reflective essay on the first semester in college and what students learned
  • Resume

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Students will reflect on their current mindset and ways in which they can apply factors of growth-mindset to their college success. This section might also include:

  • Examples and analysis of past successes and how they relate to future success
  • Narrative showing understanding of concepts such as growth-mindset, grit, and resiliency
  • Documentation of success behaviors during the first semester of college

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Students will provide a description of their intended major, why this major is a good fit for them, double majors/minors/certificates, and an academic/course plan. This section might also include:

  • Presentation of key courses that will impact learning and success
  • Skills, abilities, and knowledge that will be needed to succeed in their chosen majors
  • Plans for participation in RISE and related high-impact practices
  • Discussion of PULs and how they will or have been achieved
  • Exploration of personal academic strategies, such as time management and learning styles
  • Academic showcase of best work
  • Summary of key learning outcomes from across the curriculum

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Students will provide information on their chosen careers, how they made their decision, and why it is a good fit for them. This section might also include:

  • Activities and accomplishments within the Career EDGE model (explore, decide, graduation, and employment)
  • Status of career decision making (how sure they are about this career option)
  • Career research, including characteristics, skills, and knowledge of people who are successful in this career; expected salary; and employment outlook
  • Advantages and disadvantages of their chosen careers
  • Next steps in career exploration or planning
  • Resume

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Students will provide information on their plans for financing college. This section might also include:

  • Copy of their college budget balancer
  • Exploration of the financial aid process and types of aid available to students
  • Scholarship search
  • Personal budgeting

This section might include:

  • Personal network, including campus resources (e.g., services and people/mentors) that will support college success
  • Campus involvement 
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership
  • Skills, knowledge, and abilities learned from involvement
  • Contributions to the campus and community through involvement

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