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Q&A with Cindy Seghers

An Interview with the Honors College Director of Career Development

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I've been here with the Honors College for six and a half years, and prior to that I was with Career Services here at LSU. My educational background is social work, and I have an extensive resume working in all aspects of social work, as well as volunteer management. I have a very diverse background that ranges from working at a psychiatric hospital, to the DA's office here in East Baton Rouge Parish, to Earl K. Long Hospital for a number of years in medical social work. I’ve done volunteer management, and also worked for the department of education. I developed the "Make Today Count" program with Cancer Services that's still going on. I also worked with Volunteers in Public Schools, developing the “Everybody Reads” program, which continues today. So I've done everything from psychiatric social work to program development.

Definitely a well-rounded person. How did you end up working for the Honors College?

I was working in Career Services and in Experiential Education. Dr. Babcock approached me because programming was expanding here at the Honors College. Dean Clark had a vision for the Honors College when she came here, and it was to expand programs, resources, and services for Honors College students. So this was one aspect of it. I came to develop experiential learning — primarily internships —  and my role has expanded to include other aspects of career development, like career decision making, resume writing, interviewing, and writing personal statements.

What have you found the most rewarding aspect of working in the Honors College?

Watching students find career paths that really fit. You know, that's a process, because some students have a very clear idea of what they want when they arrive, and some students have no idea, and some students think they have an idea and change their ideas.

So I suppose the most rewarding thing is working with students in that process, and then watching those pieces come together, watching them click. And when they click, watching the excitement — not just the excitement, but the real enthusiasm that emerges when you know that something fits and it’s the right one. That's the most rewarding. Watching students reach their potential. I'm very passionate about helping students to find what fits best, because one size does not fit all.

What initially drew you to volunteering and social work?

I like people, I like working with people, and I always have. Back when I was in college, I started out in education, and then I changed to social work. I was interested in people; I wanted to do something a little different from education. Social work seemed more practical, more about doing, and I'm a do-er.

What other hobbies and interests do you have?

I love dance. I was a dance emphasis major in college, and I was in Dance Club. I primarily did modern dance, but I can do ballet, some jazz. Dance is what I love.  I was dancing from the time I could move—there are some things that people just have to do, and dance is what I have to do.

Do you enjoy any sports?

I love all sports, but in particular I enjoy LSU women's basketball. I'm a diehard fan. I love supporting the team and getting to know who the players are as people, as students — not just as athletes.

Who would you say is one of your role models?

To some degree my dad has been a role model for me, just in terms of how to be. He was a man of high standards, and he lived them. He didn't talk about it, he just lived it. As he said, ‘if you have to talk about it, you're not doing it for the right reasons.’ You just do it. You don't do it for notoriety, for any kind of fame or recognition. You do it because it's your responsibility as a citizen of this earth to do it, to be a part of your community and give back.

Is there anything you would like to add?

I just believe that balance is important. Working hard is important, no matter where you work. Having some play in your life is really important. But I do think keeping a balance between work, play, and service is a good thing. I think it's important to have a full life — it doesn't mean you have to do everything, but keeping a balance is really important.

Story by Jacqueline DeRobertis, LSU Honors College

For more information, contact the Honors College at 225-578-8831