Objective: The student will discuss how people communicate through their outward appearance and practice dressing for success in college and professional settings.Estimated time 30—45 minutes
This section corresponds with Module 7 Activity 1 in the College Bound Transition curriculum resources.
People are defined by what’s inside, not by their outward appearances. However, outward appearances play an important part in communicating with others. Appearances can create first impressions. Appearances can also quickly send specific signals to many people at once.
Appearances can be deceiving. Strive to communicate clearly with your appearance.
Also, be willing to past others’ appearances when they don’t use this form of communication effectively.
You may need to note that, for the purposes of this activity, we are using the term "physical appearance" to refer to how people personally dress and accessorize, their hygiene, their grooming, and other aspects of outward appearance that they have control over. We are not using this term to refer to people's physical features that they cannot easily alter.
Thus, in discussing this activity, the emphasis should be on "making the most of what you have in order to send the messages you want to convey," and not on "the more attractive you are, the better." Because the topic of personal appearance can be a sensitive issue for some students, it may be beneficial to specifically point out this distinction and emphasize that dressing for success is not inherently tied to a person’s facial features, body type, weight, hair type, or other similar physical attributes.
The issue of what physical attributes society finds attractive and values is a separate one that is beyond the scope of this activity.
Using the Internet, find a picture of one person from the list below, then discuss your answers to the questions. You may also pick someone you know, such as family member or a friend.
To dress for success in college, you do not need to:
You do need to:
Objective: The student will discuss how people communicate through their outward appearance and practice dressing for success in college and professional settings.
If so, congratulations!
If you don’t feel like you’ve developed a balanced picture of college life, review all of the examples and the video that we have provided and use them to add to your "big picture."