University of Minnesota

Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education


Important Dates

  • Spring Semester begins - January 21
  • May and Summer Study Abroad Expo - January 22
  • CAPE Major/Minor Expo: TBD
  • University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair - TBD
  • Welcome Week Leader Applications Available - Look for them early Spring!


General Roadmap

New Year, new activity!

A new year also means a new semester and an opportunity for a fresh start. So how are you going to make the most of it? The majority of student groups accept new members at the beginning of spring semester. New intramural teams also start at the beginning of each semester. Maybe it's time to try something new?

If you're already involved in a student group or two, you might be looking for other ways to explore new interests and gain experience. Try taking on a fun elective class on a topic you have always wanted to learn more about, or get involved in a research project. Studying abroad is another great way to gain experience and explore the world.

What are you applying for?

January is a fresh start, which means there are applications everywhere! Whether you're looking for applying for your intended major, a job, internship, or a campus leadership opportunity, January is the time to start organizing your applications.

If writing isn't your strength, make an appointment with the Center for Writing! The Center for Writing doesn't just help with academic assignments. As a matter of fact, the majority of their work is helping students with writing outside of school. You can make an appointment for an online or in-person consultation or visit during the center’s drop-in hours.

  •   Looking for a campus job? Visit the Student Employment page.
  •   Visit Gold Pass to see the latest off-campus internship, volunteer, and job opportunities
  • Your career center can help you update your resume and cover letter.

Career Roadmap



  • Create or update your professional online presence on LinkedIn. Post your profile AND research people, jobs and companies.
  • Clean up your digital dirt. Potential employers are watching!

Want to read more?
Career Planning in Your Second Year





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