University of Minnesota

Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education

There is a world of opportunity outside of the classroom! Last year, it was about exploring all the options. This year is the time to focus your involvement on the couple of experiences that test your interests, skills, and passions whether that is working on campus or in the community, a research opportunity, or leadership program. These experiences may help you figure out what you want to do, create lifelong relationships, have fun, learn something new, develop your strengths and skills, and give you experience for that first internship.

Here are some helpful tips:

Get engaged on campus
Check out the Engage webpage! There are many ways you can get more involved on campus and meet people in the process.

Work on campus
Develop some valuable job skills while working at the University. Check out the U of M’s employment page to search for open postings.

Join a student group
You can meet people with similar interests in one of the many student groups at the U.

Give back to the community
There are many ways you can volunteer with or serve the Minneapolis community. Check out the different causes and organizations that have volunteer opportunities. You can also serve the community through your coursework.

Take advantage of the city
Want to go out but low on cash? Visit the Information Desks in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Student Unions for discount tickets for local attractions, events, and movies. There are also a lot of other things to do in Minneapolis if you know where to look!

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.”

— Ani DiFranco

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