Sophomore Success

Sophomore Checklist

There are many choices for you to make during this critical year of college. Some are very important, such as the selection or confirmation ofyour major. Others are specific to your interests, learning style, and timeline. Below are some suggestions for you.  Categories for involvement include: Career Exploration, Major Exploration, Campus & Community Involvement, and Community Awareness.

1. Career Exploration: consider some of these activities

checkmark ASK program:  ASK is a mentoring program where students are individually matched with alumni in different careers to explore career fields of interest.  Apply to participate in the program by requesting a mentor at their web site.

checkmarkInternship Orientation Workshop:  introduces students to both the Internship and Career Awareness Programs. Students attend a workshop to learn about pre-requisites for the program, strategies for finding positions, and tips for making experiential education a part of the Oswego Experience.

checkmarkPizza with a Professional:  Offered various times during the semester, an opportunity to eat FREE pizza with a career professional and to hear about their work, their profession and their career! 

checkmark “Test Drive Your Career”:  A series of travel programs designed to put students in direct contact with professionals at their actual work locations!  We’ll organize the trip, get you there, give you questions to ask and even feed you along the way!  Past trips have been to the Auburn Correctional Facility, Public Relations Agencies, major financial institutions, laboratories, and more!

checkmarkExplore some of the career exploration resources on the sophomore website.


2. Major Exploration: consider some of these activities

checkmark GST 103:  Exploring Your Strengths – Looking for a major that fits YOU?  Not sure what direction to take?  This one credit, quarter course is designed to help students discover and develop their strengths in academics, career selection, and beyond.  Students who understand and regularly apply their strengths throughout their lives are more satisfied and more likely to achieve academic, personal and professional success.  For more information, contact Christy Huynh.


checkmarkACT DISCOVER is a web based career planning program - use the OCCUPATIONS tab in this resource to explore connections between your major and occupations related to it.

checkmarkHave a “Major Conversation” with your academic advisor – schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss your academic and career goals.

checkmarkDiscuss “What Can I do with a major in…” with a Compass Navigator – Visit the Resource Center in the Compass, 145 Campus Center to meet one-on-one with a peer navigator to discuss your major and career options.

checkmarkExploring Majors Workshop:  Find the major that is right for you!  College is a time for exploring, growing and learning.  Deciding on a major can be a difficult decision.  If you are undeclared or thinking about changing your major, then this is the workshop for you!  Learn about strategies, resources and services that you can utilize to research and explore majors and careers.  This workshop will help you find the major that is right for you.

checkmarkExplore some of the major exploration resources on the sophomore website.


3. Campus & Community Involvement: consider some of these activities

checkmarkActively participate in a campus club or organization (as defined by attending 3 or more meetings/events).  Gather more information regarding clubs and organizations available to students.

checkmarkCampus Recreation – Check them out for more information regarding club sports offered on campus.

checkmarkVarsity Sport involvement -  Check them out for more information regarding Varsity Sports available at SUNY-Oswego.

checkmarkActively participate in student leadership positions:

checkmarkFirst Year Peer Advisor:  A leadership opportunity for students to work closely with a First Year Faculty Advisor, providing information and support to first year students.  First Year Peer Advisors earn academic credit for their experience.  A great chance to develop your skills and enhance your resume!

checkmarkLaker Leader
: A leadership opportunity for students to join the Orientation staff and help to support the transition to college of first year and transfer students.  Laker Leaders participate in training during the Spring semester, then work during the summer for approximately 6-8 weeks in a paid position, providing direct support during our Summer Orientation programs.  During the Fall semester, they continue to provide support in another paid position, where they serve as program facilitators working closely with first year students.

checkmarkResident Assistant/Mentor – Check them out for more information.

checkmarkCampus Life Building Manager – work with Campus Life and manage the Campus Center, Hewitt Union and Sheldon Hall during evenings and weekends. Building Managers maintain and develop a thorough knowledge of the operations of Campus Life and three buildings as per college policy.

checkmarkCompass Navigator - Be a part of the COMPASS team and provide one-on-one assistance to students in areas such as internships, career exploration, exploring majors and volunteering in the community.  For more information, contact the Compass at 315-312-3142.

checkmarkAdmissions Tour Guide – Share your SUNY-Oswego experience with prospective students.  Fore more information, contact the Admissions Office at 315-312-2250.

checkmarkStudent Association Senator/Executive Board member:  Run for a Student Association Senate seat and you can represent your Residence Hall or even off-campus students in deciding how your Student Activity fee is spent. You could even run for Student Association President and be the face of the student body or run for Vice President and oversee the Student Association Senate.

checkmarkStudent Club/Organization Executive Board member

checkmarkPeer Educator  help you peers in many ways

checkmarkEmployment on-campus (at least 5 hours per week for minimum of 10 weeks) – Visit the SUNY Oswego LakerLeads system for a list of campus jobs available to work study and non-work study students.  You'll need to register for a free account in order to search the opportunities.  Check out the jobs section of the sophomore website!


4. Community Awareness: consider some of these activities

Civic Engagement:

checkmarkVote in campus, local, state or national elections.  Reflect on your participation in the election and the outcomes.

checkmarkActively participate in student government on campus (as evidenced by attending at least three meetings) 
checkmarkHall Council or Senate

checkmarkAttend a Civic Engagement event (Focus the Nation, Constitution Day, Debate Watch, other):By engaging in civic activities you will develop a better understanding of the many issues surrounding our world today. Get involved, enhance your quality of life and you will recognize yourself as an integral part of making a difference. 

checkmarkBe involved in an election campaign 

Community Service:

checkmarkCommunity Service event  – For information regarding events available contact the Center for Service-Learning and Community Service located in 142 Campus Center, 315-312-5360.

checkmarkService Learning Course (GST 302 or other Service Learning Course). For more information, contact the Center for Service-Learning and Community Service located in 142 Campus Center, 315-312-5360.

checkmarkAttend Human Services and Volunteer Fair – The Fair is held during the Fall semester.  For more information, contact the Center for Service-Learning and Community Service located in 142 Campus Center, 315-312-5360.

Global Awareness: