The Freshman Milestones chart your progress along the academic journey and help you focus on what matters most in order to successfully complete the freshman year and prepare for the sophomore challenges ahead. The corresponding Freshman Checkpoints provide specific action steps you can take at critical points during the semester. Each step you take will bring you closer to achieving the freshman milestones and ultimately your academic and career goals.

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Connect with students, professors, and campus events
You will start to build a network to give you support and advice, let you know about opportunities and resources, and provide you with letters of recommendations for internships and scholarships.
Your next steps:
• Get to know your peer mentor and students in your classes. Exchange emails and rely on each other during the semester.
• Introduce yourself to your professors, visit their office hours, and email them for advice and feedback.
• Ask your peer mentor about attending campus events where you can meet professors, staff, and other students.

Use advising and academic support to complete 30 credits with a good GPA
This will keep you on track to graduate in four years and will make you eligible for scholarships, internships, and other opportunity programs.
Your next steps:
• Plan each semester schedule with an academic advisor.
• Read your syllabus carefully. Talk to your professor about what is expected for the class. Get regular feedback about how you’re doing in class.
• Visit the academic tutoring centers and learn how they can help you excel in your classes.

Explore your strengths, interests and possible academic and career paths
Your next steps:
• Think about what you enjoy studying, talk to professors, advisors, and other students about your interests, and visit the Career Center to take the Strong Interest Inventory.
• Meet with an academic advisor to discuss what majors and minors match your interests and strengths. 
• Meet with a career counselor to discuss what career opportunities would be the right fit for you. 

Freshman Checkpoint: De-Stress before the Test 
Commit to a Study Schedule Set aside time for studying and decide what
  you’ll accomplish each day.
Make It a Group Effort Study buddies can help you stay focused and
  tackle difficult material.
Quiet Your Mind Relax by going to the Stress Free Zone or taking a
  yoga class.
Exercise for Better Focus Dance, walk, bike, or do anything that
  leaves you energized.
Choose from a variety of free classes and workshops.

Freshman Checkpoint: Expand Learning Beyond Classroom
Prosecutors Gone Wild (and Hacktivists in Trouble)
with Northwestern University’s Professor Peter Ludlow A discussion about whistleblowing, disinformation, and our ethical duty to dissent from Ludlow’s most-emailed NY Times articles
Friday, October 31 | 1:30−2:30 PM | 630T

Film Screening of Por Amor en el Caserio followed by Q&A with creator Antonio Morales and cast
A story about love and survival in the drug trafficking world of a public housing community (RSVP to Monday, November 11 | 6:30−8:15 PM | Check in 5 PM | Gerald W. Lynch Theatre

When Everything Changed
with Gail Collins, Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times
An interactive conversation on the transformation of women’s rights, followed by an open Q&A
Tuesday, November 12 | 1:40−2:40 PM | L.63 NB 

Freshman Checkpoint: Get Informed, Get Involved
Get Informed
What’s Killing You in Your Neighborhood: Is It Guns or Is It Food?
  An Interactive Discussion with Professor Janice Johnson Dias
  October 16 1:40−2:40PM | L2.85 NB 
William Ramirez—Executive Director, ACLU-Puerto Rico
  October 15 1:40−2:40PM | L2.85 NB 
Corporate Media Responsibility
  Jonathan Beane, Executive Director for Time Warner, Inc.
  October 21 1:40−2:40PM | L.63 NB 
Hip Hop Culture Addresses Deportation and the Undocumented
  October 17 Immigration Workshop 1:00−2:00PM | East End Cafeteria
  Musical Performance 2:00−3:00PM | NB Student Dining Hall 
Transgender Care—Panel Discussion
  October 23 1:40−2:40PM | 9.64 NB
Get Involved
Act to Change—Info Session
  October 15 1:40−2:40PM | L2.74 NB 
Treats for Troops
   Every day through November 11
   Contact to volunteer. 
“Do Something” Pledge Campaign
  October 21 1:30−3:00PM | NB Atrium 
Community Service Fair
  October 23 12:30−3:30PM | First Floor Landing NB 
Stop Hunger Now
  October 28 1:30−3:00PM | East End of NB Student Dining Hall
For event details and flyers, visit the SASP events page.

Freshman Checkpoint: Start Planning for Academic Success Now
• Attend an academic advisement session for first year students
• Earn priority registration and plan your Spring 2014 course load
• Be among the first students to register starting November 8