Your Sophomore Year

Some unsolicited advice to make the year the best it can be . . . Ideas to help you s-t-r-e-t-c-h and grow throughout the year!

August
Jump enthusiastically into your classes, whether 100-, 200- or even 300-level! Find your passion. You are moving toward declaring a major!
• Class of 2016 dinner! Aug. 29, 6:00, Cravens
• Sign up for a new club or organization.

September
• Go to Career & Leadership Development to learn about all it offers. Take the StrengthsQuest program and learn more about yourself and your gifts. (You can participate in this program any time throughout the year—but why wait?)
• Take a friend and join in an outreach program.
• Join an Outing Program adventure, be it hiking, caving, paddling, cycling or something else!

October
• Attend a fine arts event—a play, art show, a Cinema Guild film, or other production.
• Cheer at an athletic event—especially at a sport you’ve never watched before! 
• Go on an SOP Fall Break trip.
• Talk to professors and students in the majors you’re enjoying most to learn about the challenges and joys of the major.

November
• Learn about Study Away at the Associate Dean’s office.
• Attend a lecture or other presentation in one of the departments you’re considering for a major.
• Visit Career & Leadership Development to learn about internships, résumé and cover letter writing, & other essentials.
• Go to the Mountain Top Ball!
• Meet with your advisor to plan next term’s courses . . . you’re almost ready to declare a major!

December
• Go to Lessons and Carols.
• Stop by the Class of 2016 study break during exam week—and ace your exams.

January
• Meet with one of your professors specifically about majoring in that discipline.
• Plan your summer to build on your strengths—visit Career & Leadership Development for ideas.
• Confirm deadlines and dates for study abroad programs and/or internships . . . it will be time to apply before you know it.
• Go to some of your favorite places on the Domain . . . in the snow!
 
February
• Meet with the department chair of your intended major to discuss, discern, and declare your major!
• Continue doing new things—attend a Program Board event—see a Cinema Guild film—go to sporting events—keep exploring!
• Pursue leadership opportunities (perhaps in Residential Life, in a club or organization, in a religious program, etc.).

March
• Do something different for spring break—go on an outreach trip.
• Confirm your summer plans.
• Meet with your advisor in your major and plan out the next two years. 

April
• Talk with your advisor, professors, Career & Leadership staff, family and friends about what you might do two years from now . . .
• Continue doing new things—attend a lecture—take another SOP trip—participate in an outreach program—keep exploring!

May
• Stop by the Class of 2016 study break during exam week—and again, ace your exams.
Leave for the summer feeling confident that you are on the right path, with your future stretching before you!