Class of 2015
It’s great to be a junior …
*NEW* The first annual Junior Class Scavenger Hunt is on its way!
*NEW* The next Writing Proficiency Exam for transfer students, juniors, seniors, and freshman and sophomores with AP credit, will be held on Wednesday, March 20th, and Thursday, March 21th, in the Student Center Theater. The times will be 10am, 2pm, and 6pm. No need to register in advance – just bring your Hofstra ID. Check your Hofstra email for further information or contact Eileen Greco via email for details.
As you move into the second half of your college career, that shift brings new opportunities and responsibilities. It’s time for you to take a more active role in defining your educational goals. You have declared your major – now is the time to explore your options within your department.
Your first responsibility is to seek out your faculty advisor in your major. If you don’t know who that is, call your major department and find out. If you have already connected with your faculty advisor, think about how you can make the most of that relationship this year. Some important questions to discuss with your faculty advisor include:
- What are the specializations available in your department?
- Which professors are studying the things you are most interested in?
- Are there special opportunities available to students in your department, such as a senior project or thesis, independent research, or an honors seminar?
- Do you need to do anything during your junior year to be eligible for those opportunities in your senior year?
- Does your major offer a way to receive credit for internships, and if so, under what circumstances?
- How can you best prepare for your graduate school or career goals through your major?
… and beyond!
Outside of your major, there are other areas you need to think about as well:
- If you are considering graduate or professional school, you should learn the timelines to prepare for entrance exams, and start to explore programs.
- If you haven’t started using the resources of The Career Center, this is a crucial year to start learning about what that office has to offer.
- Explore options for next summer’s internships during the fall semester.
- Remember that if you find yourself struggling academically, your advisement dean can help you address the issues that are getting in the way of your success, and can connect you with campus resources. If you don’t know who your advisement dean is, you can find that information on your DAR, or call 516-463-6770 or 516-463-7222.
- If you find that you are questioning your major selection, you should set up an appointment with your advisement dean as soon as possible to talk through your options.
- This is a good year to take on a leadership role in a student club or organization. Don’t be content to be just another member — step up and lead!
Need some direction? The Junior Newsletter is a great place to start.
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