First Year

As a First Year student, the following guide will help you explore different ways to make the most of your time at St. Olaf.

Complete your profile in Handshake in order to view events and opportunities September  – October
Visit the Piper Center website to stay updated on workshops, fairs, grants, scholarships, internships and other opportunities September  – May
Explore Spotlight on Careers to learn about industries and careers of interest (off-campus login username: spotlightaccess; password: liberalarts2015) September  – May
Meet with a Peer Advisor to create your college resume October  – November
Create your LinkedIn profile and join the St. Olaf College Alumni Group to research alumni careers and form mentoring relationships October  – December
Join a student organization, engage in volunteer work, take a work study job, or participate in local internship and civic engagement opportunities in order to build leadership skills and discern your interests October  – May
Explore Majors & Careers resources, and view the Academic Catalog October  – May
Attend the Service Expo to explore service opportunities November
Consider participating in an international or off-campus program November  – April
Thinking about pre-med? Meet with the appropriate career coach to discern your path toward a career in health or medicine November– May
Participate and attend Focus on First Years (FOFY), the Piper Center’s annual program to assist students with increasing their self-awareness and introduces Piper Center staff and resources. January
Apply for First Steps to Fulbright. This four-part seminar series will include workshops, presentations and small-group conversation aimed at providing students with the tools they need to develop a competitive profile for Fulbright and a variety of other undergraduate and postgraduate fellowships. January
Attend the Summer Job & Camp Fair to explore summer opportunities February