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Second Year Experience

Second Year Experience 

Your second (sophomore) year is an important time in your undergraduate experience. You have made the transition to college life and now have new opportunities and challenges which can be both exciting and sometimes anxiety-producing. This year you will need to formally declare your major and complete your mid-point eportfolio. We encourage you to meet with your advisor and map out the rest of your experience at Westminster including internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, service learning and leadership opportunities in addition to your academic course work and requirements. 

The Westminster Second Year Experience consists of many departments and programs designed to help second year students explore and find direction, make connections and get experience. 

Second Year Checklist

  • Choose and declare your major

  • Develop relationships with faculty and choose a faculty advisor

  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Resource Center and the major exploration events occuring on campus.

  • Explore formal experiential learning opportunities in study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, or service learning

  • Get involved, volunteer, take on a leadership role or try something new through the Center for Civic Engagement, Diversity and International Center, Environmental Center, Outdoor Recreation, Spiritual Life, Student Involvement and Leadership or other campus resources

  • Complete your Westminster mid-point eportfolio

  • Take advantage of campus activities: diversity lecture series, poetry readings, music and theater performances, athletic events

  • Create a resume 

  

 SEPTEMBER

  • Explore student organizations and involvement opportunities related to your interests, major or career goals on Fair Thursdays and on the Westminster Involvement and Leadership website
  • Attend the Second Year Celebration to see if you've actually declared a major, explore options with the academic programs and Career Center, and discover campus resources and opportunities.
  • Check out study abroad options at the Study Abroad Fair
  • Stop by the Wellness Fair for a free massage or to get information on nutrition, acupuncture, outdoor recreation and more!
  • Develop your leadership skills at the Social Change Summit. Register quickly - spots go fast!

Important Dates: 

September 4

Volunteer Fair (Richer Commons)

September 11

Faith Fair (Richer Commons)

September 16

Second Year Celebration (Shaw Center, 11:30-2:00)

September 18

Study Abroad Fair (Richer Commons, 11-2)

September 25

Wellness Fair (Richer Commons, 11-2)

September 27

Social Change Summit

 

Printable Calendar for September

 

October

·         Make an appointment to meet with your faculty advisor or the START Center to plan for Spring 2015

·         Participate in the Day of Service and give back to the community, sponsored by Center for Civic Engagement

·         Explore May term study abroad opportunities at the May Term Study Experience Fair

·         Meet with a study abroad advisor if you’re interested in 2015 summer study abroad

·         Support new students – apply to be a GO (Griffin Orientation) Leader (details to come)

·         Develop leadership skills through the Griffin Qwest program (details to come)

Important Dates:

 

October 13

Westminster College Day of Service (Center for Civic Engagement)

October 23

May Term Study Experience fair; first day to register for May term study experience

October 24

Last day to elect credit/no credit option

October 29

First day of registration for current sophomores

 

 Printable Calendar for October

 

 November

·         Consider registering for INTR 175, e-portfolio – an online spring semester course designed to guide you through completing your midpoint portfolio

·         Apply for the Student Mentoring Program

·         Important Dates:

 

November 13

Dance Marathon – Make a Wish Fundraiser (Center for Civic Engagement)