Sophomore Checklist


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.

Career Development

  • 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

Financial Aid

  • 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.


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!