Welcome, sophomores! The Sophomore Plan is a year-long invitation for you to reflect on your progress so far, develop some goals and set some priorities for the rest of your time at Bryn Mawr.
The Dean's Office provides both individual and group advising to students as they embark upon their Sophomore Plan. Deans host a series of conversations in the Fall Semester on topics related to the Sophomore Plan. Sophomores also meet individually with their deans to review progress towards meeting degree requirements, clarify questions, and most importantly think through their priorities.
Building on the curricular exploration that began as a first-year student, sophomores will decide on and declare a major field of study. Some sophomores may be ready to do this in September, but many more will take longer. For many students, exploring and deciding on a minor is also an important part of the sophomore year.
As Bryn Mawr becomes increasingly familiar, sophomore year marks a natural time to learn about and plan for life beyond Bryn Mawr. Students do this in a few ways.
- First, many students will consider Study Abroad. The decision whether, when, and where to study abroad connects with other aspects of the sophomore plan, but this year, students may apply for study abroad BEFORE they have declared a major.
- Second, many students will be trying to figure out what kind of work they want to do in the world and how their time at Bryn Mawr can help them learn more and gain valuable experience. Students may also be eager to put what they have been learning in the classroom into practice. In order to facilitate the reflection that is a crucial part of this process and to prepare them to apply for internships and other opportunities, sophomores will draft a resume and receive feedback from CPD/LILAC staff.
Between September and April, all sophomores are required to meet with their dean to discuss their progress and plans and have their plan to complete their college-wide requirements approved.
You are the one to determine when this meeting would be most beneficial to you. Keep in mind:
- You do not need to have figured everything out before your meeting. Indeed, the more confused you are, the better it may be to meet sooner rather than later. If you’re unsure of your major, your dean can help talk through the options with you and provide suggestions for how to make your choice. Conversely, if you are absolutely sure of your major, you can declare your major with your faculty major adviser before you meet your dean.
- Although you do not have to have completed all your college-wide requirements until the end of your junior year, your dean can help you plan out how and when to meet them. (In other words, don't wait until you're done with your requirements to come in!)
- If you are considering study abroad, you will be learning a lot through the Study Abroad programming. Your dean can help you think about how what you’re learning applies to you.
- Don’t put it off! Most people find that advising leads to a new understanding of what they’re interested in exploring further and how to go about reaching their goals.
To do: Be on the lookout for an email early each semester from the Dean’s Office with more information about steps you will need to take.
The choice of a major is one of the largest decisions students make about their intellectual lives. For many, the major department becomes a home within a home at Bryn Mawr.
To Do: There is no simple to-do list that applies to all students. With over thirty-five majors, over sixty faculty serving as major advisers, and with students themselves having unique paths towards deciding on a major, any attempt to generalize the major selection process is very difficult. Students should consult the advice and resources listed below as appropriate.
By April 2018, whatever the particular path, all sophomores should have a declared major in BiONiC and a major work plan (the Online Major Work Plan inBiONiC for Bryn Mawr majors, in accordance with Haverford's procedures if a Haverford major) approved by the appropriate faculty major adviser.
Selecting a Major
Major Advisers (list)
Working with a Major Adviser
Major Information Sessions
Majoring at Haverford
Minors and Concentrations
Major Work Plan Instructions for Students
Major Work Plan Instructions for Faculty
Students interested in study abroad during fall of spring of the junior year must receive approval from Bryn Mawr, as well as gaining admission to a study abroad program. Deciding whether, where, and when to study abroad is a multifaceted process. In addition to attending the required information session in the Fall of the sophomore year, students will consult some or all of the following: major and minor advisers, language faculty, the study abroad adviser, peer Study Abroad consultants, program representatives and more.
To Do: Attend a mandatory study abroad information session (link to conversations page) and follow the steps outlined at that session. Keep in mind the following deadlines for submitting an application for Bryn Mawr approval:
- Oxford, LSE, IFSA-Butler UCL, SIT-IHP Cities in 21st Century, and SIT-IHP Health and Community; Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at 5 p.m.
- Application deadline for all other approved programs: Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.
LILAC’s mission is to prepare liberal arts students to be effective, self-aware leaders in their chosen life pursuits. As a sophomore, you have probably engaged in more resume-worthy experiences than you think! This component will help you begin to find ways to effectively communicate a summary of your experiences and convey your interests in your co-curricular goals. Plus, you can use your resume to apply for summer internships, research and volunteer opportunities!
To Do: By Nov. 6: Create your 1-page resume draft and upload it to Handshake (follow instructions below).
- Login to Handshake using your college login
- If you have not logged in before, complete your profile – this is important so you get customized recommendations for jobs/internships, events and resources
- To upload your resume, click on your name in the top right and select “Documents”
- Click “Add New Document”
- Name your document with your last name, first name and sophomore resume in this format: LastName_FirstName_Sophomore Resume. You can upload multiple resumes in Handshake so this will ensure we review the appropriate one.
- Make sure Document Type is Resume
Once you upload your resume draft, a LILAC/CPD staff member will review it and provide thoughts and suggestions. Your resume and checklist will be returned to you before the end of the fall semester. The feedback provided is for future reference as you continue to build your resume.
Need Help? LILAC|CPD is here!
- For sample resumes and resume-writing tips, visit the CPD site
- If you don’t know where to begin or you need guidance on completing your resume draft, visit CPD drop-in hours or make an appointment with a Career Counselor in Handshake
- Check out the LILAC events posted in Handshake designed especially for you!
- Contact Career and Professional Development with any questions at email@example.com or 610-526-5174