First Impressions

Sharpen your professional skills and prepare to excel in the workplace.

First Impressions teaches Women’s College students valuable skills for navigating the professional sphere through interactive workshops and learning opportunities.  

Who is Eligible?

Sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Women's College are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity.

How to Apply

  1. Download and fill out the Pledge Form.
  2. Apply using the Online Application (Be sure to upload your pledge form.)


Over the course of seven workshops and learning opportunities, you will learn effective communication strategies, networking skills, and presentation tips that will help prepare you for your future career. 

Specific topics include:

  • Developing an effective resume and cover letter
  • Dressing professionally
  • Mock interviews 
  • Networking etiquette 
  • Basic financial literacy
  • Developing resiliency
  • Finding and maintaining a balanced life

2017-2018 Schedule of Events

Date Time Event Location
September 25, 2017 6:30 to 8 p.m. Program Kick-Off with the Baltimore Improv Group Doyle Formal
October 9, 2017 6 to 7:15 p.m. Resume Writing and Interview Tips  Feeley International Center Multipurpose Room
October 18, 2017 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Internship Fair and Mock Interviews Doyle Formal
November 20, 2017   6 to 8 p.m. Dressing Professionally Macy's, Towson Town Center
February 13, 2018 7 to 8:30 p.m. Busta Lecture LeClerc Auditorium
March 12, 2018 6 to 7 p.m. Financial Literacy Workshop: The Basics TBD
March 19, 2018 6 to 7 p.m. Living Room Chat: Finding Balance Noyes Alumnae House
April 9, 2018 6 to 7 p.m. Living Room Chat: Developing Resiliency

Noyes Alumnae House

April 18, 2018 11 a.m. Career Fair TBD
May 7, 2018 6 to 7 p.m. Etiquette Reception and Program Conclusion Noyes Alumnae House
December-May   Personal Shopping Appointments  


In the beginning, you start out as a single student at a small university, and you are probably unsure of where you will end up. Notre Dame will help you pick a path, and the First Impressions program will show you how to become successful at that path. Both are needed, I think, to find your place in the bigger picture and to transition from a student at a small university to a working professional in a BIG world.

Marilyn Ehm

Everyone has to transition at some point from broke college student to working professional. Thanks to First Impressions, for me this transition has been seamless. I love the fact that we are encouraged to start this transition while we are still in college and not to wait until post-graduation like graduates of other schools.

I learned so much about the real world through First Impressions. I learned how to perfect my resume so that it reflects the best me, not something that is cookie-cutter or generic. I learned how to prepare, dress, and succeed during the interview process. I learned about networking and the importance of maintaining a professional presence both on social media and in person. I'm so glad I decided to participate in the First Impressions program. I wish everybody did it—it should be required in order to graduate!

Marilyn Ehm '14