Note: This page currently contains details about the Sophomore Plan 2016-2017 for students to reference. Stay tuned for updated information later in August.
Welcome, sophomores! The Sophomore Plan provides opportunities for you to reflect on your progress so far and develop some goals for the rest of your time at Bryn Mawr.
Specifically, through the Sophomore Plan you will:
- Develop a plan to meet college-wide requirements (with your dean, by April 1)
- Draft a resume, submit it to LILAC and get feedback on your resume (by Nov. 1)
- Decide your major, develop a plan for completing your major, and have that plan approved (with a faculty major adviser) (by April 1 for all sophomores, but earlier for students applying for study abroad)
- Decide whether and where to apply for Study Abroad and apply for approval for that plan (Study Abroad application due Dec. 2 for some programs, Feb. 3 for most)
- Celebrate with your classmates, President Cassidy, your deans, and other faculty and staff at the Sophomore Celebration Dessert on April 4!
What? 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.
- 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.
- 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. Prior to your appointment, complete your on-line College-Wide Requirements Plan (BiONiC Student Center) and your Preliminary Reflection Worksheet (print out, complete, and bring to your fall sophomore advising appointment with your dean).
When? By Nov. 1
What? Create your 1-page resume draft and upload into LanternLink (accessible via BiONiC Student Center). This component will help you begin to find ways to effectively communicate a summary of your experiences thus far and convey your interests in your co-curricular goals.
Who? Staff at LILAC will be reviewing Resumes and also planning helpful programming.
To do: Upload your resume draft in LanternLink via your BiONiC Student Center.
How? For sample resumes and resume-writing tips, visit the career planning page.
What? 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. Just remember: research demonstrates that a college major does not determine a person’s career path. Rather, it is the skills students learn in their many classes and cocurricular experiences that give them solid foundation to thrive in many fields.
When? Deadlines for declaring your major will depend on your plans for applying to study abroad. For students not applying for Study Abroad, the deadline is April 1. For students applying for study abroad, your major must be declared before your study abroad application can be approved.
To do: Prior to your appointment with your major adviser, complete your online Major Work Plan (BiONiC Student Center) and complete any other steps required by the department.
When? The Bryn Mawr study abroad application deadlines are as follows:
- Oxford, LSE, Indiana University Bologna, IFSA-Butler UCL, SIT-IHP Cities in 21st Century, and SIT-IHP Health and Community; Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 5 p.m.
- Application deadline for all other approved programs
- Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at 5 p.m.
What? The study abroad application consists of four components:
- Study abroad application form (in BiONiC Student Center)
- Major Work Plan
- College-wide Requirements Plan
- Major Adviser Evaluation Form
How? Students will complete the application on BiONiC and will discuss their study abroad plans with their dean to complete the College-Wide Requirement Plan and major adviser when they meet to complete the Major Work Plan. Students will ask their major adviser to submit the Major Adviser Evaluation Form (accessed via the Major Work Plan).