The Search for Success

Simpson Colloquium SC 101 – The Search for Success

The search for the “good life” is ancient and mythical. Although this search is more of a journey than a destination, college students are pressured very early to answer deep questions about identity, purpose, majors, and a potential career, and to make sure their answers lead to a happy, successful, fulfilled life. We will study these big questions through writing about and critical reflection on the notion of success. Readings, activities, advising, and self-reflection will help you discover and articulate what the good life looks like for you. The class is particularly suited to students who are still exploring majors and potential career fields, but it is open to anyone interested in what it means to live a good life.

Meet Your ProfessorLaurie-Dufoe

Laurie Dufoe, M.A.

Career Counselor

As an undergraduate majoring in English and Psychology, the first question often asked of me was “what are you going to do with those majors?” At the time I attended a similar size institution to Simpson College where strong relationships with faculty and staff were the norm. Thankfully those individuals took time to get to know me and my skills and encouraged me to explore additional career ideas beyond those I was considering.

That exploration process led me down the path to a Master’s Degree in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from The University of Iowa. I spent five years advising UI students on career directions and sharing job search strategies. Since that time, I have spent time in a variety of fields including operating a photography business, assisting disabled students pursue jobs, as well as working for a financial institution. These experiences in the fields of education, social work and business, have reinforced the value of a liberal arts education that allows you to move in and out of different arenas while utilizing those soft skills, such as communication, writing, and interpersonal relationship development, honed at small, private institutions.

The experiences also sharpened my focus on what success is to me – investing in the lives of others. These disparate fields have the commonality of being focused on serving others which is what motivates me daily. The challenge of helping others around me realize their gifts and how that best fits within the world around them is extremely fulfilling.

It is with much anticipation that I dig into this “Search for Success” class to get to know my students personal gifts and come alongside them as they chart their individual path to success and discover what it truly means to them as an individual. As my journey started with faculty and staff around to support me, we also have a team of staff who have agreed to join in the process of answering big questions on identity, purpose, majors and careers.

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Megan Baxter


My name is Megan Baxter. I will be your Simpson Collioquium Leader for Laurie Dufoe. I am originally from Spencer, Iowa. I attended a smaller high school were I cheered, danced, and played tennis. I will be a senior psychology major with a social work minor fall 2014, and I absolutely love it here at Simpson! Between classes, homework, and my job I enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending time with my friends.

I am a fairly outgoing person and I love to meet new people. I will strive to make everyone comfortable here on campus. I am on Facebook and you can always email me if you have any questions! I can not wait to get to know each of you. I look foward to meeting you in June!

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Chelsea Hamerlinck

Hi! My name is Chelsea Hamerlinck and I will be your Writing Fellow for Laurie Dufoe’s SC Class! I will be a junior for the 2014-2015 school year and I am extremely excited to get to meet and work with all of you this coming fall!

I am from a big town in Iowa called Davenport. I currently live with my Mom, Cindy, her boyfriend, Steve, his daughter, Shanelle, and my younger sister, Rachel. At my Mom’s house we have three cats, Angel, Spice, and Charlie. It is funny though because I am allergic to cats! I also have two brothers, Zach and Nick, and a step-mom, Teri that live with my Dad, Jeff. At my Dad’s house we have a dog, Diesel. Diesel is a Chug (Pug and Chihuahua mix).

I attended Davenport North High School. In high school I basically participated in everything. I was Secretary of National Honor’s Society, Secretary of Student Senate, and Secretary of Drama Club. I was involved in varsity showchoir, Northside Establishment, as well as regular choir. I was also a cheerleader. I was always a huge part of the homecoming committee, the hunger drive, and the blood drives that we would have at school. I really like to volunteer.

Since coming to Simpson College I have been involved in cheerleading and am President of the Simpson College Breast Cancer Awareness Club. I am also a Wesley Service Scholar who maintains a weekly volunteer position at The Village right here in Indianola. Currently, I am a Criminal Justice and Psychology double major with minors in Sociology and Social Work. During the summer I work as a Brand Representative at Justice and a teaching assistant for Stepping Stones. I love to travel though!

In between classes, homework, my work study, and club stuff I love to read, listen to music, hang out with my boyfriend, and watch my favorite TV show, Castle. I like to consider myself a very outgoing and friendly person and cannot wait to help you all make the transition to college life as painless and stress free as possible. If you have any questions about me or Simpson, feel free to look me up on Facebook! I look forward to getting to know all of you in August!


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