2nd year

Experience MORE in your SophoMORE year! Take your vision for college to the next level and DESIGN a plan that makes it a reality.

Pathway to Success

Your sophomore year is an exciting time filled with opportunities and challenges. We want to offer assistance as you make important personal and academic decisions during your time at UGA and beyond. This pathway is designed to help you navigate your second year at UGA. Integrate these suggestions as they best fit into your personal and academic goals.

Choose Your Path

  • Declare your major on Athena (learn how here). You can also decide if you want to pursue a minor or certificate.
  • Begin actively pursuing internship opportunities related to your academic and career interests. Check out Job/Internship Search resources on the Career Center's website to help you get started.
  • Visit the Pre-Professional Advising Office if you are interested in a career in healthcare or law. Keep in touch with them to make sure you are staying on track.
  • Decide if you want to pursue a study away opportunity.

  • Discover Your Options

    • Use SAGE to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to find out if your major requires an application/when to apply for your major.
    • If applying for a major, prepare for the application by reviewing your materials during the Career Center's Drop-In Hours.
    • Notice courses that spark your interest and talk to your academic advisor about them, even if they are outside of your intended major.
    • Undecided? Visit the Career Center’s website to view their major/career exploration resources or visit the Exploratory Center to meet with an advisor who will help you discover the right major for you!
    • Attend the Study Away Fair and explore your international study options.
    • Look for ways to gain experience in the career path you want to pursue through internships, undergraduate research, part-time jobs, or volunteering.
    • Start exploring your Experiential Learning opportunities. All undergraduate students are required to participate in at least 1 experiential learning opportunity.
    • Are you interested in graduate or professional school? Start researching them. Find out how to prepare and learn about any timelines you need to follow.

    Get More Engaged

  • Stay involved in organizations outside the classroom.
  • Attend the Annual Student Leadership Conference, held during the fall semester.
  • Look for leadership and research opportunities.
  • Get Support

    Focus Forward

    • Update your resume. Check out "Resume Breakdown" on the Career's Center's website to guide you as you craft your resume and get it reviewed during Drop-In Hours.
    • Register for your junior courses including any summer classes.
    • Engage in a volunteering activity, part-time job, or internship over the summer to continue building on your experiences.

    Adapted from Mercer University’s Orangeprint