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Sophomore Year Checklist

The Sophomore year is marked by transitions and decisions to make. This checklist was created to help you get organized and create a plan to navigate your university career. This checklist is not required; it is simply filled with suggestions to help you meet your academic and career goals.

Your Central Experience will be unique. Make the most of it!

Academic Success

Campus Connections

Career Exploration

Service and Experiential Learning

Reflective Questions


Academic Success:

> Meet with your professors during their office hours. Discuss your course work and how you can best prepare for the quarter early.

> Identify your major and/or declare your major early. Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss prerequisites or requirements for the program.

> Consider enhancing your academic experience with a specialization area, minor, or certificate program.

> Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your credits taken and academic plan.

> Use MyCWU Self-Service to check your degree progress by running an unofficial Transcript/CAPS report.

> 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.

> Utilize tutoring and writing resources in the Academic Research Commons (ARC) that can assist you with your academic plan.

> Connect with members of the CWU community who are in your classes; form study groups, exchange contact information, invite them to campus programs, etc.

> Consider presenting at SOURCE; meet and discuss undergraduate research with a faculty member in your area of interest.

> Begin researching graduate and professional school requirements, as applicable. Research scholarship opportunities for graduate/professional school.

> If applicable, renew FAFSA by March 1.


Campus Connections:

> Take MAP-Works assessment during your first quarter at CWU.

> Participate in Welcome Back Week.

> Attend athletic events to show your Wildcat Pride!

> Join a club or organization in a passion area; join a club in your major/career field. Both clubs will be great social resources and will have separate events to attend.

> Check out the Student Employment job board for potential student jobs. Many are offered that will relate to your field of study and can better prepare you for your future career.

> Prepare for where you will live next year. Understand deadlines for housing next year and identify roommates. Take some time to tour new areas and consider the effects of housing on your social and academic life.

> Take time to do something new. Connect with others who have different interests or backgrounds. Attend an event that you haven’t participated in before.

> Participate in multicultural events. Visit the Center for Diversity and Social Justice to learn more. Reflect on your values and passion. What is your calling and purpose?

> Take time to celebrate! Attend the end-of-the-year “Halfway There” graduation to celebrate your 2 years at Central!


Career Exploration:

> Check out Career Services! Make an appointment to meet with a career counselor to discuss your future career options. > Take the two-credit Career Exploration class (UNIV 103) to help with selection of major/career path.

> Consider ways to learn more about future careers such as site visits and field trips. Just like a campus tour, do some research on where you would like to work.

> Make arrangements for your first co-op work experience - check out internships on-line.

> Attend pre-employment workshops on subjects such as resumé and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and internships.

> Start building a portfolio of your accomplishments

> Work closely with your academic advisor as you declare your major and begin your course of study.

> Attend career fairs sponsored by Career Services.

> Create or update your resume and cover letter.


Service and Experiential Learning:

> Visit the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement to explore opportunities to serve the community.

> Reflect upon and develop your leadership skills by attending the CWU Leadership Conference held in February. > Consider your service opportunities for the year; be involved as much as your schedule allows.

> Consider going on a service-learning trip and what options there are for travel over breaks.


Reflective Questions:

As you navigate your Sophomore Year, take time to ask yourself these important questions:

Do I have a mentor? Think about the last big decision you’ve made. Did you consult with anyone before you made that decision? If not, locate someone through your faculty, advisor, or staff that can have a positive impact on your life.

What are my priorities? Think about what long-term goals you’ve identified. Are the decisions you are making now working towards those goals?

Am I celebrating what I accomplish? It is also important to record your highlights each year. Your accomplishments are building your resume right now.

Am I satisfied? Think about your class choices and career choices. What classes have made you the most fulfilled and how can you turn that into a future career?

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