DEVELOP – Your second year is a time to further develop your academic plan; learn about and plan for study abroad, internships, opportunities for professional development; take on leadership roles; learn about others, learn to self advocate and find your niche. This checklist is a guide to help you navigate your sophomore year. It is your responsibility to take advantage of the resources and services that can best support your personal and academic goals.
Academic Excellence and Achievements:
Reconfirm or identify your major.
Meet with your academic advisor to develop an academic plan to reach your goals. Explore adding a minor, concentration, double major and/or a certificate program.
Further develop your relationship with your faculty/staff mentor and pursue additional connections with new mentors.
Involve yourself in learning opportunities that are challenging and relevant.
Begin preparation for the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE).
Use degree audit to create a course plan for your remaining degree requirements.
Research studying abroad; if you have already made the decision to study abroad connect with the International and the Experiential Learning Office for the next steps.
Connect with a faculty member in your major to discuss options and explore Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Research (FMUR) opportunities.
Utilize the tutors in the Center for Learning Resources.
Explore the academic support services offered by the Office of Academic Services.
Connect with members of the UNH community who are in your classes; form study groups and exchange contact information.
Visit the Marvin K. Peterson Library, and attend workshops to increase your understanding of the literary resources and databases available to you at UNH.
Identify a conference related to your major offered by a club/organization.
Begin researching graduate and professional school requirements, as applicable. Research scholarship opportunities for graduate/professional school.
Eliminate any library or other holds on your account for registration.
Know the requirements for making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) by successfully completing a minimum of 24 credits this year and maintaining good academic standing.
If applicable, renew FAFSA by March 1.
Register to vote in West Haven or request an absentee ballot.
Citizenship and Community Involvement:
Attend Welcome Week events to meet new students.
Participate in on-campus events and activities and show your Charger pride at UNH athletic events.
Invite your family to Family Day.
Do something new at UNH. 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.
Attend a leadership workshop(s) on campus to reflect upon and develop your leadership skills.
Take on at least one peer leadership position.
Attend the information sessions for Alternative Spring Break or the President’s Public Service Fellowship.
Identify service opportunities for the year and be involved as much as your schedule allows.
Register for an Academic Service Learning course to connect your field of study with real life issues in the local community.
Attend the off-campus housing fair.Connect with people and explore living options for your junior year.
Consult with financial aid about your financial aid changes and options for living off campus.
Make an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your major/career and experiential education opportunities to build a personal career action plan.
Consider ways to learn more and connect to your prospective career field with activities such as informational interviews, job shadowing, research opportunities, academic service-learning, or internships.
Attend career development workshops and events – view events in Charger Career Link.
Utilize Charger Career Link to review on-campus employment opportunities, research careers, and view potential internship and on-campus recruiting opportunities.
Create or update your resume to have it reviewed by a career advisor.
Utilize the online net community to begin networking with alumni.
Explore internship opportunities in your major area; undertake your first internship.
Apply for the Bergami Family Summer Internship program.
Set five personal goals and the action steps necessary to get there.
Discover your values and priorities.
Become a self advocate.
Actively research scholarship and job opportunities to help finance your college education.
Develop the skills necessary to successfully manage your personal finances.
Make your own personal wellness plan.
Attend a current issues discussion and actively seek opportunities to exchange ideas and opinions with others.
Engage in healthy, respectful relationships with peers and roommates.
Take advantage of personal and professional development experiences both on campus and in the local community.
Cultivate leadership experiences that best fit your personal and academic pursuits as well as your personal leadership identity.
Participate in multicultural dialogues and events. Keep an eye out via UNH email for the most up to date event schedule.
Look ahead to the Junior Year Checklist to see what you can complete or prepare for over the summer.
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?
Take time to consider who your role models are in your life. Why are they your role models?