Tips for Sophomores
Donald Asher, author of How to Get a Job with Any Major, From College to Career, and Graduate Admissions Essays has assembled a list of tips for sophomore students. Consider the following advice when planning your second year of college.
- Prepare in the first semester to get a summer internship (see "Second Summer" below).
- Test your interest in one or more majors by deepening your class load in those subjects.
- Continue to see faculty outside of the classroom.
- Become involved in departmental activities, such as guest speakers, receptions, symposia, committee work open to students, and especially the informal events such as barbecues, softball Saturdays, whatever they're doing together.
- Continue with an academic activity.
- Begin to think seriously about what you're going to do after college.
- Start going to all career fairs and asking lots of questions.
- If you’re comfortable with your major and settled into college, consider taking the second semester abroad. Also, if you’re going to take a semester abroad in the junior year, you may need to plan on it now. (See Tips for Juniors)
- Get by without a car; your grades will be higher.
- Live on campus; your grades will be higher.