LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMS

MANDATORY

CONSEQUENCES FOR YOUR ACTIONS 
Consequences For Your Actions (CFYA) is a seminar presented to all incoming student-athletes (freshmen & transfer) during New Student-Athlete Orientation (NSAO). It is meant to encourage responsibility and mature behavior among student-athletes and to teach them there are consequences for the decisions they make. During the program, faculty, staff, coaches, and both current and former Texas A&M student-athletes share testimonies and advice to newcomers.

ETIQUETTE DINNER 
The Etiquette Dinner is designed for sophomore status student-athletes in preparation for upcoming internships and job-hunting skills in their junior and senior year. They are taught table manners and etiquette appropriate for various situations such as interviews, banquets, or meetings with potential donors or agents. It is an interactive dinner where they learn while dining in a formal dinner setting.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS SEMINAR 
The Dress for Success Seminar is designed for junior status student-athletes in preparation for special events, awards ceremonies, interviews, and other formal occasions. Professional retailers teach a separate program for men and women, which includes interactive demonstrations and tips on personal presentation and building a proper wardrobe.

AGGIE NETWORKING SEMINAR 
The Aggie Networking Seminar is designed to afford senior status student-athletes the opportunity to network with Texas A&M Lettermen and members of the Aggie Career Network in preparation for upcoming interviewing and job-hunting endeavors. Student-athletes also are presented with information on networking skills, interviewing and professional dress.


OPTIONAL

CHAMPS 101
CHAMPS 101 is a 1 hour, university recognized course that caters to new student-athletes. It is taught in both summer terms as well as the fall and spring semesters. The course serves as an extension to orientation and covers topics through the lense of a student-athlete at Texas A&M. Topics covered include social media, career & major exploration, alcohol, service learning, and sexual responsibility, among others.

RESUME WORKSHOPS
The resume workshops usually take place prior to the Aggie Networking Seminar in the fall and before the Athletics Career Fair in the spring. These offer tips for resume writing, formatting, and resume building. Representatives from the Career Center are also available for one on one assistance.

ATHLETICS CAREER FAIR
The Athletics Career Fair is open to student-athletes of all classifications and serves as an opportunity for them to connect with employers who are looking to engage specifically with student-athletes. It is a collaboration between the life skills program and the Letterman’s Association who brings in companies that are owned or that employ former student-athletes. Companies who attend share information about internships as well as full-time jobs, and some on-the-spot interviews take place as well. This serves as a great opportunity to utilize the skills learned in the fall at the Networking Seminar.

REMOTE CAREER CENTER
Twice each month, a representative from the Career Center will have remote hours at the Nye Academic Center. This representative will accept walk-ins for any questions that student-athletes might have in regards to career services. This serves as an additional resource for students who have trouble getting to the Career Center on campus. They can simply bring their questions to the representative before or after study hall, meetings, or eating at the Slocum Nutrition Center.

CELEBRATORY

GRADUATION CELEBRATION
This event is for graduating seniors and takes place during the fall and spring semesters on the week of graduation. After dessert with family and friends, each student-athlete is recognized individually. Scholastic supervisors deliver short speeches reflecting on their experiences with the student-athletes. As a gift from the athletic department, each student-athlete is also awarded a custom diploma frame with a "Texas A&M Student-Athlete" engraving. 

BUILDING CHAMPIONS AWARDS (BCAs)
The BCAs is Texas A&M's all-sports banquet, hosted by the athletic department. Student-athletes from all 18 teams enter the doors and are greeted by "paparazzi" before walking the maroon carpet. Aggies who have excelled in the classroom, on their respective fields of play, or have overcome great obstacles are honored on this night in front of all their peers. All students earning a 3.0 or higher are awarded additional gifts for their academic efforts.