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Sophomore year brings a lot of transition as many of you will move out of the residence halls, say goodbye to your first-year advisor, and start to take more challenging classes.  As you transition to your Sophomore year, here are some things you will want to think about and discuss with your new advisor.

To your new advisor 

  • Check your CU email for a note from your departmental advisor.
  • Meet with your advisors at least once a semester.  Make an appointment early!

To your department

  • Ask your advisor about clubs, events, research and more. 

To faculty

  • Go to office hours
  • Ask them about their research
  • Find a mentor 

To a community

  • Confirming (or changing) your major
    • Talk to your advisor if you are unsure if your declared major is right for you.
    • Use a What-if audit to look at requirements for other majors. 
    • To change your major, sign into the advising appointment system and click on “Major/Minor Declaration Info” and choose the major you are considering.  Then click on a time that would work for you.  Make sure to read the instructions carefully to discern if you will be going to walk-in hours, a meeting, or an appointment.
  • Understanding Major requirements and course sequencing
  • Adjusting your graduation timeline
  • Strategizing for academic success/recovery
    • Did you have a good first year?  Keep that momentum going. 
    • Did you struggle? Now is a good time to start some good academic habits. 
    • Utilize academic resources such as tutoring or the Writing Center.

  • Planning Study Abroad
  • Adding a 2nd Major, minor or certificate
    • Research other programs.
    • To add a major, sign into the advising appointment system and click on “Major/Minor Declaration Info” and choose the major you are considering.  Then click on a time that would work for you.  Make sure to read the instructions carefully to discern if you will be going to walk-in hours, a meeting, or an appointment.
  • Connecting with careers
    • Meet with Career Services to explore careers or talk about what you can do now to help you achieve your career goals
    • Talk to your advisor about internships and the possibility of getting credit in your department
    • Think about volunteer work to improve your skills and give you valuable experience
  • Pushing yourself with honors
  • Getting involved in Research
    • Talk to faculty about their research
    • Look into getting paid through UROP
  • Getting involved with the CU Community