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Tips for Parenting of a Junior


Encourage Your Student to Get to Know Faculty Members

When your student applies for jobs and/or graduate programs, it is important to have the reference of an academic professor or mentor. Encourage your student to introduce himself or herself before class, after class, or during office hours. Professors are generally thrilled for the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for their subject or field with an interested student.


Suggest an Internship or Research Opportunity

Junior year is a great time for your student to participate in activities that will really round out their college experience. USU has a tremendous undergraduate research program that allows students to work hands on with professors researching in a variety of fields. Career Services can also help your student apply for internship opportunities that will begin to build a strong network and provide valuable job experience.


Encourage Your Student to Take a Leadership Role in a Club or Organization

With numerous clubs and student organizations, the opportunities to lead and leave a mark at USU are abundant. If your student has been involved with clubs or organizations, encourage them to apply for a leadership position. If they are just starting the involvement process, let them know that it is never too late to get involved and even lead. As students begin to take more and more classes in their area of study, they may appreciate something outside of class to break up the uniformity. If your student isn’t sure where to start, have them visit the Student Involvement and Leadership Center in Taggart Student Center Room 326.


Make Sure Your Student is Speaking with His or Her Advisor

During the junior year it can be tempting for students to self-advise. They are familiar with policies, they generally know their major, and they are confident in their ability to choose the classes they need for graduation. It is important for your student to run their schedule by their academic advisor, even if it means sending a quick email. Advisors are aware of changes to course offerings that may affect your student’s program of study. They can also make sure your student is meeting some of the more obscure graduation requirements such as the requirement to take 40 or more upper-division courses.