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Personal Development
Huskie Life Skills offers required life skill sessions to help student-athletes navigate the challenges they will face. The Huskie Life Skill series begins with New Huskie Orientation, and continues throughout the student-athlete's years at NIU through speakers and workshops. Student-athletes are required to attend three life skills sessions each semester. The purpose of each session is to enhance the awareness of student-athletes regarding major issues commonly faced by intercollegiate athletes and to address the personal and professional needs of student-athletes.

New Huskie Orientation
As an incoming Huskie, new student-athletes are welcomed to campus and to the Huskie athletics family through New Huskie Student-Athlete Orientation. This two day orientation is designed to help new student-athletes prepare to the handle demands of being a student-athlete and the challenges of balancing academics, athletics, and personal responsibilities. In addition, new student-athletes learn what it means to be a Huskie and how to be successful in the classroom, in competition, and in life. New student-athletes also will complete NCAA and NIU Eligibility requirements during orientation.

Life Skills Speaker Series
The Life Skills Speaker Series is intended to address major issues commonly faced by all student-athletes. The Guest Speaker and topic rotates annually on a five-year cycle in the fall to ensure that student-athletes are made aware of the challenges and strategies for success related to the following topics: Social Media, Hazing, Gambling, Sexual Assault, and Leadership/Impacting the Community. In addition to the fall speaker rotation, student-athletes will attend a spring speaker dedicated to the topic of Alcohol & Drugs.

Huskie Workshop (By Year in School)
Every semester, student-athletes will attend a Huskie Workshop specific to their year in school. These topics pertain to the specific challenges student-athletes face as they move from year to year (ex: Junior year Resume Workshop).

Team Workshops
In addition to attending the Life Skills Speaker every semester, athletic teams will also participate in one team workshop every semester decided on by their coach. This service helps meet the individual needs of athletic teams by providing a variety of Life Skills topics to choose from.

Team Workshop Topics include:

Academic Integrity/Dishonesty Alcoholism Communication
Conflict Resolution Dealing with Roommates Etiquette
Financial Responsibility Goal Setting Leadership
Media Training Personality Styles Professionalism
Reactions to Victimization Sexual Violence Social Networking
Team Building Test Taking Time Management
Healthy Relationships Sleep Stress Management

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