Developing “Talent”: Mindset Matters

I recently attended the First Year Experience conference—a conference put on by The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. It was a great opportunity to get connected with others in the first year experience world and to learn more about what colleges and universities around the world are doing to help students transition to college life.

While I was inspired by many of the presentations and discussions, the keynote address given by Rishi Sriram of Baylor University was particularly interesting. During his presentation Sriram talked about the development of student talent. We often think about talent as something that is innate—we either have it or we don’t. But what if that isn’t really true? What if what we call “talent” is actually a result of a lot of practice and hard work?  Continue reading “Developing “Talent”: Mindset Matters”