Case Studies: Designing Your Life

Universities across the US launched small, medium, and large life design prototypes -- experiments to learn from -- across America. Harvard hosted a seminar for hundreds of undergraduates, MIT and the New School held small trainings for career educators, and Cal State is rolling out life design across multiple campuses, to name a few.

Read on about all of the surprises and learnings of these schools in their first years of life design.


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Laura Schram, Director of Professional and Academic Development at Rackham Graduate School hosted a 6 week seminar series for grad students ranging form Music Theory to Business Administration, and immediately saw an increase students' hope and confidence in their future career. 



Schools are jumping right into life design curriculum prototyping, even before coming to the Life Design Studio. The Smith College Lazarus Center for Career Development in Northampton, MA hosted a series of Design Thinking workshops for undergraduate women earlier this year. Their workshops were inspired by the DYL for Women Retreat in Pacific Grove CA during the summer of 2017... 

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Stephanie Waite and Janelle Lewis, Associate and Assistant Directors, respectively, in Yale’s Office of Career Strategy were motivated to reach out to student athletes given that they often can't make other career strategy events -- and they hit the sweet spot.  



Bruce Hesse and Harold Stanislaw, Professors of Psychology at Cal State Stanislaus created a 7 week course called “Design Your Tomorrow”(DYT) as the second step in their evolving process of bringing Designing Your Life to their campus. The first step was a couple of short, 2 hour presentations to interested faculty on their experiences at the 2017 Stanford Summer Studio for University Educators...