University of Minnesota

Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education


General Roadmap

Midterm Mayhem

Midterms always tend to sneak up on us, but don’t let that happen to you this year! Start preparing early, because the more prepared you feel, the better you will do. Not to mention that goal you made to improve your academics in your second year! Utilize study groups, professor and TA office hours and stress management techniques to help you ace those midterms!

  • Still trying to find your unique study spot? Check out all of the study spaces available on campus!
  • One of the most important factors of success and managing stress is sleep. Check out this article to learn more about why sleep is so important!
  • Having trouble effectively studying or managing time and stress? Consider taking the course LASk 1001: Mastering Skills for College Success next semester.

MAJOR Confusion

If you haven’t decided on a major yet, chances are you’re feeling major pressure. No one ever said deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life was going to be easy. How are you supposed to know what you want to be doing 10 years from now? Maybe you just can’t decide between a few options, or you knew what you wanted to do when you applied to college, but now other majors seem intriguing. Regardless of your situation, the University has several resources to help you explore and decide on a major.

  • Check out the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE). CAPE is a centralized advising office on campus. If you're interested in exploring your own skills and interests more deeply, or if you want to explore majors in more than one department, CAPE is a good touchpoint for you!
  • Sometimes it’s helpful to talk to people who are already in the major you are thinking of pursuing. Check out the Major Network for the opportunity to talk to students who are passionate about their majors!
  • Want to spend time discovering what path is right for you? Ask a career counselor or your academic advisor about the major or career exploration courses available to you.
  • Check out potential career paths for the majors you’re interested using the Major Profiles!

Community Engagement

Not only is the University of Minnesota campus filled with opportunity, but so are the surrounding cities! Minneapolis and St. Paul are both big cities, so it can be difficult finding a place to start. Luckily, the Community Service-Learning Center has organized all kinds of community engagement opportunities for students to take advantage of – some of which you can even get class credit for!

Study Abroad

Anyone who has studied abroad will tell you it is one of the most incredible opportunities available to you during your time as an undergrad, and your second year is the perfect time to take advantage of it! Second years generally still have some liberal education requirements that can be fulfilled easily abroad, and what better way to learn more about another culture?

Career Roadmap


  • Establish relationships with faculty. They can share insight into the major in which they teach. If you are considering graduate or professional school, you may need to ask them to write a letter of recommendation for applications


Want to read more?
Career Planning in Your Second Year





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