A ladder of priorities can be a useful tool during the decision-making process, especially
with regard to education and career goals. However, we must be careful not to allow
these tools to blind us to options that we haven’t considered and that might lead
us in exciting directions.
Dustin Khong is a history major who recently completed his first year. In our initial
appointment, he mentioned his intent to enroll in a doctoral program in history right
after completing his undergraduate degree. We discussed how graduate school is going
to become a reality and the added value of considering other options and being open
to new experiences, especially at the early stages of his collegiate career. We discussed
how his classes, interactions with faculty, classmates and the numerous opportunities
through the Career and Professional Development Center, Hinckley Institute and the Learning Abroad Center could shape and influence his goals, and ultimately his professional aspirations.
“I never thought I could have numerous ladders of priorities; one for my personal
aspirations and one as a current employee at the Natural History Museum of Utah,”
said Dustin. “After college, I may create another one centering on something entirely
What’s listed on one’s ladder of priorities don’t have to be static, fixed or constant
and it’s okay to have them constantly shift – up or down – and it may initially take
time to get used to, but that’s also exciting.
“I don’t view myself as just an aspiring academic anymore. That’s just one of my career
options. My first year really introduced me to countless possibilities I had never
considered. I’ll have to eventually decide, but in the meantime, I’ll continue to
appreciate the present and acquire diverse experiences,” added Dustin.
Make an Appointment and Learn More
Please make an appointment with the College of Humanities Internship Coordinator, Ned Khatrichettri, to discuss your respective situation. Ned is available to meet with you online through
Zoom. The online internship resource also provides insight about this kind of experience and the services available to