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: spotlightpass; password: liberalarts2017). 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
Learn more about your career interests by attending Connect+ panels on-campus, where alumni share their insight and talk about their experiences during college and in the workplace. Also consider attending Ole Suite events such as Ole Biz, Ole STEM, Ole Health, and Oles for Public Interest. 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
Attend Jumpstart 2020, a program designed to help first-year students begin to take meaningful steps to prepare for life after graduation. 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