Now that you have settled in at Washington University and have declared your major, we hope that you are taking time to explore your major discipline. If there is an area or sub-field that you wish to explore within your discipline, consider doing an independent study, becoming a research assistant for a professor, or finding out now what summer opportunities or programs are available in your field of study. Does your department have seminars or speaker series? That is a great way to connect to your advisors and other professors in the department and can be helpful in you feeling at home in your department or program.
Outside of classes, I am sure you have found your social your niche and are becoming more actively and deeply engaged in extracurricular activities. In lieu of being involved in eight different activities or committees, narrow this list down and perhaps consider a leadership role within an organization or group.
Though it may seem overwhelming, you should begin thinking of your transition out of the University. There are many campus resources here at Washington University that can help you begin posing the right questions about your future. Your professors, major advisors, four-year and Arts & Science advisors are ready to help you take the next step. Why not set up an appointment with a career counselor and go over your resume at the Career Center? Or, propose a meeting with your four-year advisor that is not solely about registration? Or, take advantage of the academic mentoring program at Cornerstone – either by using a mentor in a challenging course or becoming an academic mentor yourself to other students?
Our office is planning a few great programs to help you in your journey this year. If you are still deciding what you want your upcoming summer to look like, please join us on November 13 at 6pm for redefine: success, sponsored in conjunction with Chimes Junior Honorary. All of our events can be found on this website.
Junior Jumpstart is the College Office’s signature program that will help you plan for life after Washington University. This year, the one-day conference will take place on May 7, 2015. Registration will be live shortly and the fee is nominal for the peace of mind it offers. Remember, a little planning today saves you a lot of worrying tomorrow.