- Sophomore year is a time for major declaration. If this seems like a daunting task visit Career Services and make an appointment with a career counselor. A career counselor can help you sort through your values, likes, and dislikes when considering career options.
- Boko's Tips: Job shadowing is available at Career Services for second semester sophomores. This is a great opportunity to "try out" different jobs!
- Explore alternative career planning options such as: assisting a professor with research, international internships, and mentoring programs. Start researching different internship opportunities for your junior year.
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- Start your year out right by developing your study skills before the first rounds of tests start! Visit the Student Learning and Assistance Center (SLAC lab).
- Boko's Tips: Develop a relationship with a professor in the department of your major! This mentoring relationship can help in many ways and can be a great resource!
- Map out the classes you'll need to take for the next three years with your academic advisor from your academic college. Make sure to discuss options like study abroad and double majoring.
- Start thinking about graduate school. There are many questions you may ask yourself, including...Do I need to go to graduate school in order to obtain the kind of job that I want? Boko's Tips: If you plan on going to graduate school make sure to keep your GPA up throughout college, most schools require a 3.0 and above!
- Try to make friends within your major. This will help you to network later on after college.
- Hang out with your friends and support your fellow bobcats at Texas State athletic events. They are fun and free to any student with a Texas State id!
- Now that you have navigated and found your way through campus, start looking into all the City of San Marcos has to offer. From recreational activities to shopping you won't be dissappointed!
- Remember to complete or renew the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1st as possible to increase your chances of recieving financial aid.
- Apply for scholarships in the department of your major and academic college (go to their homepages and see what they have to offer!) Also check out the scholarships offered on the financial aid website. Remember that a lot of scholarship deadlines occur in late November and early December during Finals! To prepare for this start filling out applications in early October! Boko's Tips: Don't forget about scholarships back in your hometown too!
- With the pressures of classes, presentations, and exams, de-stress yourself at the Annual Stress Fair in the Fall Semester.
- Attend the Health Fair in the spring semester, topics include: nutrition, stress management, alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, cancer prevention, skin care, outdoor recreation, sports and much more! Free health screenings will also be available.
- Boko's Tips: Have you checked out the Campus Recreation Center? Exercising helps reduce stress!