Life Design: Building Your Future, Fall 2015

University students often view college as a means to an end: earn a degree to get a job. But shouldn’t it be more? The class will examine how interests and talents can be paired up to achieve a fulfilling life. Questions addressed will include: How can you identify what you’re good at? How can you build a life of purpose and meaning? How do personal, social, and cultural constraints keep people from finding their passions?  How can you cultivate mentors? What is the relationship between ambition, drive, and success? How do parents, peers, and personal temperament shape an individual’s development? What major might be the best fit, and how can University resources help your academic and personal success? 

The course draws upon the work of well-known psychologists, motivational speakers and sociologists. The class will discuss the writings of Richard Florida, author of “The Rise of the Creative Class,” Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence,” Daniel Pink, author of “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,”  and several other prominent thinkers. Students will be required to complete a portfolio of reflective exercises, activities, and journal assignments.

Director , University of Iowa , Belin-Blank Center
David Gould served as the Obermann Public Scholar from 2013-2016. He currently coordinates programming for the Belin-Blank Center. Dave was the Associate Director of Professional Student Development in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and developed a number of courses, including Life Design: Building Your Future and Reimagining Downtown. He has won multiple teaching and staff awards. He is passionate about reimagining higher education and improving the lives of young people.