Second-Year Experience

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The Second-Year Experience includes programming and activities designed specifically to help students through their second-year.  Research suggests that during the second-year, students may experience a period of confusion and uncertainty. There is a new set of stressors second-year students experience when they return to college. Unlike first-years, second-year students receive less attention with regards to adjusting to college life and are expected to be familiar with how things work. The combined pressure to declare a major, find an internship and decide whether or not to study abroad may lead second-year students to fall into the sophomore slump. Sophomore slump is a decline in academic performance during a students’ second-year of college. The following programs are provided to help students avoid the sophomore slump.   

Second-Year Plan

  • Academic Planning and Support
    • Identify and declare an academic major.
    • Continue taking advantage of the tutoring center and library.
    • Continue meeting with academic advisor.
    • Make a personal connection with a faculty member.
    • Visit professor's Office Hours (see syllabus or schedule a meeting that fits your schedule).
    • Contact faculty about assisting with research.
  • Career Planning
    • Explore possible majors and careers
    • Register for a career decision-making course for elective credit
    • Learn about and apply for internship opportunities
    • Search for volunteer opportunities
  • Involvement and Leadership Development
    • Become involved in Extracurricular activities
    • Participate in fun and free events
    • Become involved in your major organizations
    • Apply for leadership positions such as T.A.L.O.N.S or Student Ambassador
    • Run for a seat in Student Government
    • Explore Greek Life opportunities
    • Participate in sports
    • Attend at least one campus program or event each month
    • Participate in at least one multicultural event per month
    • Stay up to date with the campus calendar of events
  • Study Abroad
    • Visit a Study Abroad Advisor
    • Prepare to participate in a study abroad program
  • Taking Care of Business/Money Management
    • Work with a Financial Aid Counselor to be sure you are on track
    • Submit the FAFSA in January
    • Attend a financial literacy event each semester
  • Health and Wellness
    • Make an appointment with Student Health for physical and mental wellness
    • Engage in chosen self-care activities on or off campus