The “Checklist for Sophomore Success” is a guide to help you make the most of your sophomore year. Integrate these suggestions into your academic and personal goals.
- If you’ve decided on a major, complete the declaration process, or incorporate pre-major requirements into your academic plan.
- Meet with your academic advisor(s) to discuss short and long term academic plans.
- If applicable, meet with supplemental advising offices.
- Register for at least 15 credits in both your Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.
- Complete the mandatory advising requirement, in advance of the registration period, for both your Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.
- Attend all of your classes.
- Visit your professors during their office hours at least once in the Fall and once in the Spring, or as needed.
- Challenge yourself to get better grades than you did in the previous semester.
- Check out the Learning Assistance Center and Learning Emporium for academic support.
- Consider your study abroad or National Student Exchange options.
- Want to go the extra mile? Consider applying for the Honors Program.
- Visit the Manoa Career Center to speak to a counselor.
- Attend a workshop held by the Manoa Career Center. Topics include: building your resume or CV, job interviews, best impressions, and graduate school.
- Attend the Career Fair and Graduate & Law School Fair.
- Take the free FOCUS 2 assessment to help with major and career decisions.
- Have a major in mind but don’t know what careers are related to it? Browse “What Can I Do With This Major?” for suggestions.
- Apply for on- or off-campus internships or jobs related to careers you’re interested in.
- Take advantage of volunteer opportunities.
- Meet with your pre-health or pre-law advisor if you’re considering a career in one of those fields.
- Enroll in IS 197 (Spring 2014).
- Join at least one club or organizations related to your career field or major.
- Participate in networking events offered through your school/college, or major or career clubs.
- Get to know your professors and ask them how they found their field of study.
Extracurricular Involvement and Leadership Development
- Join at least one Registered Independent Organization and participate regularly.
- Apply for a leadership position on campus, such as the Manoa Peer Advisors, ACE Peer Mentors, NSO Leaders, or Housing RAs.
- Enroll in a leadership development class.
- Represent your school/college by running for a position on ASUH.
- Attend at least one UH-Manoa sporting event.
- Attend at least one of the events listed on the UH-Manoa events calendar.
- Participate in club, intramural or recreational sports.
- Keep up-to-date with other campus events by utilizing Ka Leo, the Ticket & ID Office, and visiting the Sophomore Experience calendar.
- Submit your FAFSA and supporting documents by the federal, state and college deadlines.
- Meet with Financial Aid Services to discuss your financial package or to learn about ways to finance your education.
- Apply for at least one scholarship listed on STAR.
- Apply for the Sophomore Experience Achievement Scholarship.
- Apply for non-system scholarships from safe, reputable databases, or seek out scholarships offered by local organizations.
- Visit the Financial Literacy Program to learn the basics of financial planning.
- Browse on-campus job opportunities available on the Student Employment & Cooperative Education (SECE) website or, if you qualify, Federal Work Study.
- Attend at least one Sophomore Experience Event.
- Interact with fellow students in your classes. Aim to make at least one friend each semester.
- Join at leaf one Registered Independent Organization related to your interests.
- Visit the Counseling & Student Development Center if you’re feeling stressed, or just want to talk to someone.
- If you’re feeling sick, visit University Health Services.
- Read Student Health 101 for tips on staying healthy.
- Need additional support? Check out student support offices, including the Office of Judicial Affairs, Women’s Center, Native Hawaiian Student Services, KOKUA or LGBT Student Services.
Use the checklist above to formulate your own path to success. There are so many other opportunities and resources available to you, in addition to those listed above The most successful students are those who explore new possibilities and take advantage of all that Manoa has to offer!