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What are the cardinal directions?

They’re the four main points of a compass. North, south, east, and west.

What is Cardinal Directions at Ball State?

Formerly known as “Stars to Steer By,” Cardinal Directions is a speaker series that connects students with our generous alumni. Humanities graduates share their career stories, professional advice, and internship/job leads in order to light the way for the next generation.

Cardinal Directions does more than just showcase a few successful graduates; we actively connect our students with lots of alumni through this series via:

  • Alumni speaking engagements
  • Visiting classes in person or virtually
  • Informational interviews
  • Practice interviews
  • Mentoring via CardinalsConnect.com

Cardinal Directions will show you how to pivot from the academic study you love to the professional pathway that’s right for you.

Recent Cardinal Directions Topics:

  • networking for introverts
  • editing and publishing
  • working in strategic communications
  • fundraising
  • working in public relations
  • pursuing a career in library and information science
  • starting a business as a creative
  • personal branding
  • applying to graduate school
  • preparing for “alt-ac” positions in higher education
  • teaching English abroad
  • serving nonprofit organizations


For more information, please email Cathy Day or see our CSH calendar.