Class Year Guides

The good news is that there is no one right way to figure out what you’d like to do with your life during and immediately after college. There are many paths!

What we do know, however, is that students tend to engage in certain activities at certain times during their years in college, and we are sharing that outline with you here.

You will notice some experiences — especially making connections — appear over and over again.  That is because students explore these experiences and make connections all throughout college.  As you do, you will sharpen your skills and become even more comfortable in finding the next step.

First Year Students
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors

First Year Students

Your academic studies

  • Explore what you need to do to succeed, and learn how to manage your time
  • Reach out for support if you face challenges in your studies (Academic Support Center)

Your helpful people on campus

  • Meet with your College Advisor and connect with coaches, faculty and staff

Your helpful people off campus

  • Talk with family, friends or other helpful people about your interests

Your next step

  • Attend Jumpstart 2021, a special event for First Year students
  • Go to the Summer Employment Fair and/or the Internship Fair [links]

Your resume

  • Meet with a student Peer Advisor in the Piper Center to create a college resume and a profile on Handshake, St. Olaf’s online career platform

Your applications

  • Apply for student employment, volunteer, or join a student organization
  • Explore your interests through off-campus study, a summer job, research or experience

Sophomores

Your academic studies

Your helpful people on campus

Your helpful people off campus

Your next step

Your resume

Your applications


Juniors

Your academic studies

  • Delve into your major and consider research or independent study

Your helpful people on campus

Your helpful people off campus

Your next step

Your resume

Your applications


Seniors

Your academic studies

  • Take Level III seminars; undertake research or independent study; finish those GEs!

Your helpful people on campus

  • Meet with your Major Advisor, fellowship advisors, other faculty and staff, and your Piper Center career coach to talk about the next step

Your helpful people off campus

Your next step

  • Choose a path that you would like to follow after graduation (work, study, service, gap year or other experience)
  • Take the next step on that path

Your resume

  • Work with a Piper Center coach or Peer Advisor to tailor your resume to fit the next step

Your applications

  • Apply for full- or-part-time employment, fellowships, graduate or professional school, service or gap-year opportunities or other experiences