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


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Develop a network of supportive peers, professors, and mentors
People in your network can connect you to opportunities and provide you with strong recommendations.
Your next steps:
• Joint student clubs, form study groups, and attend campus events to develop a network of students who share your interests and goals.
• Build a mentoring relationship with professors in the classes you enjoy the most; meet with them during office hours to explore topics and get advice.
• Develop a professional social media presence (LinkedIn, Facebook). Ask a career counselor how to meet professionals in different fields.

Research majors and minors and make the choice that is right for you
Understanding your options will help you make a choice that matches your interests and goals.
Your next steps:
• Make a list of majors, minors, and careers that you are interested in.
• Meet with an academic advisor and a career counselor to help narrow your choices. Research course requirements on the John Jay website.
• Meet with the faculty advisors for the majors, minors, or certificate programs you want to learn more about.

Complete an internship, leadership, fellowship, or research opportunity

Having this experience on your resume is essential to be competitive for a career position or graduate school.
Your next steps:
• Get a head start on learning about opportunities by attending the Sophomore Kickoff on Monday, September 15.
• Visit the Career Center and the Office of Community Outreach to learn about internship opportunities, including the CUNY Service Corps.
• Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research about working with a professor. Learn about leadership opportunities at the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership.


Sophomore Checkpoint: Make Your Future Happen!
• Gain Work Experience - Attend the Career Fair | November 14, 2013 | 1:00 PM−5:00 PM
  Haaren Hall, 4th Floor Gym
• Prepare for Law School - Apply for the Pre Law Boot Camp | Application Deadline:
  December 9, 2013
• Connect Academic and Career Choices - Meet with an academic advisor (L73 NB)
  to discuss major and minor options that  complement your career interest

Sophomore Checkpoint: Are You Ready for Sophomore Opportunities?
• Plan your academic achievements, majors and research experiences
• Expand your résumé through internships, networking, and job recruitments fairs
• Apply to scholarships, fellowships and special opportunities programs
• Build your leaderships skills, community service record, and John Jay pride

Find a Sophomore Opportunity Specialist to develop your Sophomore plan.