Sophomore Year

Now that you are accustomed to being a college student, you can do the following: build relationships with CI faculty, administrators, and fellow students; declare your major based on strengths and interests; consider an internship or research experience in the upcoming year; and explore careers at Career Development Services.

Academics

• If you have not chosen a major, make this a high priority. Find upper class students who are majoring in the subjects you are considering, they can tell you the realities of the course of study.

• Even if your mind is made up regarding your major choice, consider the course sequences for a different major. Also, consider a minor. Minors are frequently overlooked and can be a source of great interest.

• Participate in the “Major Fair” event and declare your major and/or minor/emphasis.

• If you have declared your major, meet with a faculty advisor to acquire their expertise and assistance in the major. If you have not declared a major, meet with faculty advisors from prospective majors to receive information about expectations of the programs.

• Visit the Advising Center and schedule an appointment to make sure you are on track or to obtain information on major and graduation requirements.

• Register for as many courses as possible in your major for the fall. By taking major courses early, you will be able to determine whether you have made the right choice.

• Keep your GPA up! Seek assistance from the University Writing and Multiliteracy Center and the Learning Resource Center.

• Consider International Programs; attend a study abroad information meeting.

• Attend lectures and special presentations on campus.

• Participate in the Campus Reading Celebration.

Career

• Meet with a Career Counselor to evaluate your career goals, options, and objectives.

• Learn to write a resume and cover letter.

• Attend career fairs and other career-related programs to increase your knowledge of the full range of work that people perform.

• Conduct informational interviews with people who work in career fields of interest to you. By interviewing people in positions you are interested in, you gain insight and often internships.

• Learn more about the job market by browsing through the Occupational Outlook Handbook and research other materials at the Career Development Services’ library and the Internet.

• Pursue internships or volunteer opportunities in your field of interest that will provide training and opportunities to develop essential skills and experience.

• If you are considering graduate school, use Eureka (accessible through Career Development Services) to begin researching the schools that offer graduate programs. Visit the websites of these universities for their admission requirements.

Personal/Social

• Join another club or organization.

• Consider applying for a Resident Assistant position.

• Participate in volunteer activities. Being involved demonstrates to employers that you have well-developed social skills and can work collaboratively and cooperatively.

• Make an effort to meet students with different backgrounds than you.

• Attend sophomore-focused events (i.e. Major Fair).

• Attend student events offered through:

Now is the time to explore different careers. One of the best ways to explore different options is through internships, which give you the chance to experience various work cultures, network with professionals in your areas of interest, and gain valuable skills while integrating classroom learning. Check out internship opportunities at Career Development Services.