App Horizons

"Aligning passion and purpose for brighter horizons"

App Horizons

After you graduate, you will spend more time at work than anywhere else. Will you be happy?

Have you taken time to truly identify your values? Have you ever narrowed them down to a list of your "Top 10"? "Top 5"? Throughout the 10 weeks that you will participate in App Horizons, you will explore your interests, skills, and personalities in order to efficiently pursue employment that will be congruent with your life values! Take time this semester to identify and dig deeper into the values that are important to you so that you life your fullest life upon graduation.

As a participant of App Horizons, you will:

  • Visit one not-for-profit corporation
  • Visit one for-profit corporation
  • Attend a FREE etiquette dinner
  • Obtain your 4-letter type formula according to Myers Briggs typology, along with the strengths of preferences and the description of your personality type
  • Network with 15-20 other motivated and student peers committed to living their best life
  • Visualize what it would look like to have your values mirrored in your future career
  • Receive a Certificate acknowledging your successul completion of the program

Meet the 2017 Coordinators!

Nathalia Ruiz Headshot

Nathalia Ruiz is a senior at Appalachian, studying Psychology with a triple minor in Social Work, Leadership Studies, and Spanish. Nathalia is a member of Leadership Educators, the Director of Community Outreach in the Hispanic Student Association, the Secretary of Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc., the Secretary of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America at App State, and the Volunteer & Academic Advisor of the Multicultural Center. Currently, Nathalia is a Logistics Specialist for the Army National Guard for the past three years. After graduation, Nathalia wishes to work as a Clinical Social Worker with veterans with substance abuse and anxiety disorders such as PSTD. She says that students should participate in App Horizons because it is a great way to earn self-reflecting skills that are necessary in the workplace, even if they don’t seem as important right now.


Carson Rich HeadshotCarson Rich is a 5th year student at Appalachian, studying Political Science with a Concentration in American Politics. Carson was Appalachian’s Student Body President and student voice on the University Board of Trustees for the 2015-2016 academic year and served as the Director of Sustainability and Senator for Justice Hall in the Student Government Association during his underclassmen years. He also serves as an Emcee and a Community Group Leader in CRU. He is a general member of Alpha Psi Omega, and the previous Vice President of Justice Hall in the Residents Hall Association. Additionally, Carson also chaired the Council of Student Body Presidents and the Fixed Tuition UNCGA Policy Committee in the North Carolina Association of Student Governments. After graduation, Carson wishes to work in a field that allows him to interact directly with people, and aim to make their lives better. He is interested in doing so through either government work, higher education, the non-profit sector, or the private sector. He says that App Horizons is important because, “[s]tudents are approaching a new horizon, regardless of whether they want to or not. It comes with graduation, a new horizon that can only be seen when one finally walks across the stage and is handed their diploma. If a new horizon is inevitable, then why not prepare oneself? Students should participate, because very rarely are college graduates truly prepared for the next step. This program can help students discover their strengths, address their weaknesses, become equipped for the real world, and ultimately gain the skills necessary to effectively make an impact after college. So sign up, step out of your comfort zone, and make the best of your spring semester.”

Lee H. McCaskey Center:

PO Box 32034
244 Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: (828) 262-6252
Fax: (828) 262-6502

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

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