University of Minnesota

Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education


Important Dates


General Roadmap

Finding your niche

One of the most important parts of having a successful undergraduate experience (and building your resume) is getting involved on campus. Check out some of the following resources to help you get involved outside of the classroom this year:

  • Not sure which involvement opportunities are available or which ones are right for you? Check out for information about different involvement opportunities both on and and off campus.

Remember that thing called class?

Classes are back in session, giving you a fresh start to your second year. Staying organized is a huge part of learning to manage your time. The better you can manage your time, the more successful you will be!

  • Looking for sites to help you get organized? The Assignment Calculator, Asana, Evernote, and Trello are all great options!
  • Discover how to use UMN Google Apps to become more productive both inside and outside the classroom!
  • Want to get SMART-er? The SMART Learning Commons offers tutoring to help students get individualized attention with the courses they want to better understand. Prefer group work? Then check out Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions!
  • The new Effective U website offers online tools to help you manage your personal and academic well-being.


Each year the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides stipends to students to do research on a topic they are interested in. If you’ve ever seen yourself working on a research project with a faculty mentor, this is the program for you! UROP is open to all majors, and it’s not hard to apply!

  • Visit the UROP website, to find out which forms you need and how to write a proposal.
  • Add this date to your calendar: Proposals for UROP projects done in spring 2016 are due by 11:59pm on October 9, 2017.

Career Roadmap


  • Reflect on why you're here and identify your goals for the year.


  • Create your resume, or update it with your recent summer experience.
  • Register on GoldPASS or The Edge (Carlson specific) where many organizations are registered and recruit talent.


  • Attend career fairs to explore organizations and talk to employers – recruiting for opportunities for next summer's internships start as early as this month for specific industries.

Want to read more?
Career Planning in Your Second Year





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