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 is getting engaged on campus. Check out some of these resources to find out more about how you can get engaged at the U this year:

  • Not sure what involvement opportunities suit your potential career path? Check out the Engage Search Engine for help!
  • Check out the Seven Ways to Engage for more engagement opportunities!
  • Watch the Get Engaged (On & Off Campus) Strengths Video and download the accompanying Guide.

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!


Each year the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program gives out stipends to students who want to commit to doing research on a topic they’re 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 10, 2016.

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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