Sophomore Year Milestones / Checklist


Sophomore Year Experience Checklist:  This list is a guide to help you navigate your sophomore at Loras College.  It is your responsibility to integrate the list as how it fits best into your personal and academic goals.  There are suggestions to help you throughout your year, but should not be seen as an all or required list. 
 
Academic:  Choosing an academic direction is one of the most important decisions students will make in college. Student’s choice of major will lead them down a path that incorporates contacts with faculty and peers, exposure to academic content, and the type and depth of academic experiences that might affect later decisions involving the identification of career alternatives or post college education.
  • Participate in Sophomore Year Experience programs and events.
  • Identify your major and/or strengthen your commitment to your major.
  • Officially declare your major.  Once your major is declared, the college will assign you an academic advisor.
  • Consider enhancing your academic program with a minor, certificate program, etc.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your core curriculum and develop an academic plan.
  • Meet with your faculty mentor per school/college guidelines and continue to establish relationship.  Discuss core curriculum and academic plan.
  • Utilize the Strengths Quest Test to further your use of the qualities you possess.
  • Consider studying abroad; if already have made the decision to study abroad then complete planning steps for your study abroad experience and discuss with your academic advisor. For more information on the Study Abroad Program stop by the Center for Experiential Learning Office.
  • Utilize tutoring and writing resources in Headwaters that can assist you with your academic plan. 
  • Begin researching graduate and professional school requirements, as applicable.  Research scholarship opportunities for graduate/professional school.
  • If applicable, renew FAFSA by April 15.
Community and InvolvementYour sophomore year is a perfect time to look for new opportunities to become involved on campus. This will increase your network and help you become more engaged and connected to campus resources. All of which will help you navigate the rest of your college career.
  • Participate in on-campus events and activities and show your Duhawk pride at Loras College events.  
  • Participate in the Welcome Back Picnic!
  • Take time to do something new at Loras.  Connect with others who have different interests or backgrounds.  Attend an event that you haven’t participated in before.
  • Pursue one organization that supports your major/career and one organization in which you are personally interested.  A listing of all the co-curricular opportunities can be found on OrgSync.
  • Reflect upon and develop your leadership skills by considering ways to refine your campus involvement that support your interests/goals on a deeper level.
  • Apply for a leadership position in an organization you are passionate about.
  • Consider your service opportunities for the year; be involved as much as your schedule allows.
  • Consider participating in a Campus Ministry retreat or mission trip.
  • Develop deeper relationships with faculty and staff members by participating in faculty and staff events offered to students.
Career PreparationThinking about life after college may cause some uneasiness. While it may seem too early, it is actually the perfect time to explore potential career fields and graduate or professional school options. Timing can be critical to ensure you are taking advantage of all the opportunities that can promote success.
  • Make an appointment with the Center for Experiential Learning to discuss your major/career and experiential educational opportunities. 
  • Once your major is declared, meet with your assigned academic advisor to discuss your career goals.
  • Consider ways to learn more and connect to your prospective career field with activities such as informational interviews, job shadowing, research opportunities, service learning, or internships. 
  • Utilize Orgsync to review on-campus employment opportunities, track involvements with your ePortfolio and connect with organization to enhance your resume.
  • Attend the Dubuque Career Fair to begin networking with employers.
  • Set up summer internship or summer job.
Personal GrowthPerhaps the most important realization that an individual can make in their quest for personal growth is that there is no single formula that defines the past to personal success. We all different goals and priorities, which means that difference activities and attitudes will make us feel good about ourselves. We also have difference natural strengths and weaknesses that are part of who we are. During your sophomore year, it is important that you take advantage of opportunities that you help you discover your strengths, goals, opportunities and aspirations.
  • Participate in multicultural dialogues and events.  Visit the Intercultural Office in the ACC to learn more.
  • Reflect on your values and passion.  What is your calling and purpose?
  • Reflect on who you are and who you want to be.  What is your motivation?
  • Look into ways that can assist you with balance in your life.  What are your priorities?
  • Attend events during Common Time, at night or throughout the day that are put on by various groups at Loras. 
  • Take time to consider who your role models are in your life.  Why are they your role models?
  •  Look ahead to the Junior-Year Experience Checklist to see what you can complete or prepare for over the summer.
Connecting with classmatesRelationships that form during the first year are a great starting point but it is also important as sophomores to strengthen and deepen those relationships.
  • Attend events held for the sophomore year experience.
  • Broaden your social network by attending events and getting involved in organizations & activities on the Loras campus.
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