Each office in the Student Success Collaborative strives to utilize the Think.Act.Lead. philosophy when working with our students.

Think: Explore and Connect.

From their very first days on campus, students will engage in thoughtful conversations with faculty, staff and peers about their academic, professional, personal and spiritual goals. They will experience this element of Think. Act. Lead. right away through their First-Year Experience course, an eight-week program at the start of the fall semester that helps incoming students transition into life at Stonehill.

Act: Plan and Pursue.

Working with a mentor, students will create an ever-evolving four-year development plan that articulates their interests and goals and the tools needed to achieve them. This includes courses required for the Cornerstone core curriculum and their major, along with electives based on their interests. It also involves the pursuit of co-curricular experiences such as research with faculty mentors, leadership opportunities, study abroad, internships and service. Each student’s plan will evolve continuously as a result of ongoing conversations with mentors, who will assist in assessing experiences through purposeful reflection.

Lead: Achieve and Launch.

Each student will take full advantage of the transformative experiences in which he or she engages to help achieve the goals articulated in the four-year plan, which will also cultivate leadership skills and abilities along the way that are most appropriate for him or her. By the end of four years, Think. Act. Lead. will help every student be in a position to state what his or her next step will be, from work to graduate school to service opportunities and further leadership development. And a formalized leadership certification program will help cultivate leadership skills in students who wish to hone that strength.

The ultimate goal of Think. Act. Lead. is to coordinate the vast array of mentoring that occurs at Stonehill so there is a deliberate focus on the development of each student as an individual who can make the most of his or her Stonehill experience.