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Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education


Important Dates


General Roadmap

What you need to know before you lease

Are you starting to think about your living arrangements for next year? Many students feel like they should be signing a lease right now, but the reality is there is no rush to commit to housing for next year yet.

There are plenty of housing options both on and off campus at a variety of price points. Be sure to do your research before you sign a lease and take the time to explore your options.

Navigating November

As the weather turns colder, it can be tempting to stay inside every day, but remember that staying active and getting exercise is important for your health. Exercise can help you manage stress.

As a student you have a busy schedule and it can be hard to find time and motivation to exercise, especially when the weather is less than ideal. Start getting in the habit of regular exercise and schedule it like you would any other commitment (class, work. etc.). This will help ensure that you have time for physical activity built into your regular routine.

Thanksgiving break tips

Thanksgiving break can be a great time to relax and connect with family and friends. However, you may find you have projects, papers or exams due right after break and final exams won’t far behind. Start working ahead and making a plan now so you don't spend your entire break doing homework. Get your group together and start working on that big group project early. Chances are your group members would like to get it done sooner rather than later too.

Career Roadmap


  • Explore your MAJOR options – consider registering for classes to help you find or affirm your major (including career courses)


  • Go to your college Career Services office and meet with a career counselor
  • Write and practice your “elevator speech” during Thanksgiving and Winter break

Want to read more?
Career Planning in Your Second Year





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