Junior Year

How do I get involved?

Juniors are in a unique position to contribute to the university community. They have confidence resulting from their experiences that allows them to help those who are just getting started, or who might be struggling. Some are trying to find their second wind, and rediscover enthusiasm for education.

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Pearle S. Buck

Academic Persistence

As a junior, you may find that you can better focus on your individual academic goals and interests. Most of your classes pertain directly to your major, and you may find your studies more interesting. After two years at the university, though, some find a need to rediscover enthusiasm for school.

Academic Benchmarks

  1. Revisit your Degree Works plan, make any necessary adjustments, and share it with your advisor during your fall appointment (before November 1st).
  2. Visit Career Services and investigate internship opportunities within your desired field.
  3. Visit with your faculty mentor and/or advisor about your future plans such as graduate school, letters of recommendation, employment, and preparation for tests such as the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.

Common Struggles

  • Career path concerns
  • Internship decisions
  • Finding purpose
  • Dwindling enthusiasm

Financial Persistence

You've made it this far and have navigated several important life changes. As you start looking toward the future you may need extra financial skills to help you with important decisions and career plans.

Financial Benchmarks

  1. Meet with your Financial Aid Counselor to maximize your federal aid eligibility. Consider attending summer and/or utilizing the tuition plateau to save money.
  2. Getting married often dramatically impacts eligibility for financial aid. Submit or update your FAFSA even if you haven't been eligible for aid in the past.

Common Struggles

  • Losing focus or taking unnecessary credits
  • Withdrawing from too many classes
  • Excessive credit card debt
  • Finding an internship
  • Budgeting for internships that may not pay as much as other job opportunities

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Social Persistence

Juniors have a unique opportunity to reach out to those who are struggling or just beginning their academic careers. Other social opportunities allow them to build relationships that will benefit them professionally. Contributing to the university community helps them to feel connected.

Social Benchmarks

  1. Attend Student Alumni Association Networking Events.
  2. Attend a minimum of three events each month, including an event you've never been to before.
  3. Mentor younger students within your network.

Common Struggles

  • Making connections
  • Relationships
  • Social activities
  • Family problems

Personal Persistence

Increased self-confidence and a better sense of your place in the campus community are great for physical and emotional health. More rigorous studies can make it difficult to keep a healthy balance, though.

Physical and Emotional Benchmarks

  1. Dealing with conflict, differences and problem-solving
  2. Empathy and effective listening

Common Struggles

  • Dealing with rejection and disappointment
  • Adjusting to unexpected events

For more information contact the Office of Student Retention and Completion at thrive@usu.edu.

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