- career exploration, begin developing real relationships with profs, especially your advisor
- add extra-curricular activities as they interest you. Be truly involved.
- make sure your community service choices are meaningful and relevant to your goals
- keep up your grades
- summer school (here or abroad)
- internship or volunteer work if you can afford
- if you must work, look for a meaningful job were you will learn useful skills or try to work at night and volunteer during the day
- if a science major, applications for Goldwater scholarship
- look into study abroad and internship programs
- for some majors spring of the sophomore year is an ideal time to study abroad
- consider a Boren scholarship
- by now you should know your advisor or some professor in your major who functions as your mentor/advisor very well
- finalize study abroad and internship plans
- good times for on-campus jobs which are career related
- make a point of getting to know at least 2-3 professors in your major so they know you well enough to help you and to write informed recommendations for you
- internship, career-related employment, summer institutes, study abroad or summer school
- gather info listed during junior semesters if you will be studying abroad during junior year
Junior Year Fall:
- applications for Truman, Goldwater, Boren, Pickering, and Udall scholarships.
- make preliminary arrangements for your undergraduate thesis or inquire about a senior research project in the sciences.
- search for and apply for summer internships.
- attend conferences and submit papers for publication.
- on-campus jobs should be career-related.
- Study Abroad
Junior Year Spring:
- finalize arrangements and begin work on undergraduate thesis
- gather and begin work on applications for Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright , Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge and other scholarships
- take one part of the GRE, begin prep for LSAT, MCAT or other exams
- attend conferences and submit papers for publication
- on-campus jobs should be career-related
- Study Abroad
- education majors should inquire about student teaching abroad
- take second part of GRE, take LSAT and other exams
- grad school search
- prep for all applications
- attend the late August HC Career Workshop
Senior Year Fall:
- Applications!!!! for all major post-grad scholarships, for grad and professional schools, for jobs
- last chance to retake exams if scores were low
- register for a very light load if applying for grad/professional schools
Senior Year Spring:
- take synthesis course if not a student-teaching ed major
- a good place to take required courses outside your major that you have been dreading or postponing
- follow up on applications
Summer thereafter: Varies widely. Grad students may want to start graduate programs now to complete the masters in time to apply for following PHD admissions cycle in March.
- study abroad
- community service
- meaningful work
- extra training - skills
- extra curricular activities, but only if you actually made real contributions
- tough, upper-level courses outside your major
- competency in at least one foreign language
- competent writer
- critical thinking skills
- actually producing something you can show them
- undergraduate thesis
- public speaking skills
- connections! (personal and affiliation with nationally known organizations)