The Sophomore Planning process challenges you to reflect on your experiences and to articulate goals for your major, for your undergraduate studies in general, for career exploration and for co-curricular commitments. You’ve already formulated your thoughts and solidified your plans—at least tentatively—by crafting a prospective Major Work Plan and a College-Wide Requirements Plan. You’ve thought about study abroad and your co-curricular commitments and career explorations. Now it’s time to integrate everything into a short essay to amplify your plan.
Being able to articulate your reasons for your choice of study is an important skill. It helps you understand yourself and also helps others understand your accomplishments and goals. It will also be useful for you to read this statement at the end of your college journey as a way of measuring what remains consistent and what changes in your outlook.
As you draft your essay, you might ask yourself the following questions.
You might find it helpful to talk with someone about your responses to these questions—another student or a member of the faculty and staff—before trying to put them on paper.
Your 300-500 word essay will provide your major adviser and your dean a greater understanding of why you have selected your major and your goals for the remainder of your time at Bryn Mawr. Your essay is intended to explicate your major plan and your plan to complete college-wide requirements. The more thoughtful and clearly written it is, the better. While you needn’t make this your most polished work of the sophomore year, keep in mind that it will be read by your dean and your major adviser and constitute part of your permanent academic record at Bryn Mawr.
Once you’ve written it, you’ll need to upload it in "Sophomore Essay" under Sophomore Plan for Class of 215 in your Student Center in Virtual Bryn Mawr where it will remain visible to your dean who will review it during your Sophomore Plan Submission Appointment.