Junior Year – Focus
with permission from Beloit College's Advising Manual
Students should have declared a major and had an opportunity to
experience more directly the field of study they are pursuing. Many
students will take advantage of study abroad and off-campus
opportunities. With all the amazing opportunities open to them, at times
they may forget to account for the requirements which they yet must meet
before they graduate. Moreover, they need to consider what types of
experiences they should have on their resume to set them apart from
others, and that now is the time to begin to consider where they want to
be when leaving Monmouth College – and how to get there.
purpose, confidence, identity, values, etc.
Personal and Social
Are you happy at
Where are you
living? How is it working out?
Tell me about your
internship? Study abroad experience? Volunteer activities?
Co-curricular activities? What impact have they had on you?
How are things
with your family?
What do you want
to accomplish in the rest of your time at Monmouth?
How might I help
you with any of these things?
Are you happy with
What faculty do
you know well?
Do you feel you
belong in your academic department?
Am I the best
person to be your advisor, or is there another member of the
department you know better or whose interests are more similar to
subjects/courses fascinate you?
Are you satisfied
with your GPA?
What else do you
need to do to complete the general requirements and major
Are you completing
the goals you set out in your
goal sheet? How are your plans changing? Give the student a
new goal sheet to fill out and place in the folder.
skills do you need to develop?
student’s academic plan (New
Old) to see if s/he is on track.
Have you filled
Application for Degree? It is due during the spring of the
How do your
current general education courses tie in with your general education
courses from your first year? What is the mission of the college?
How is Monmouth College fulfilling this mission in your college
Have you started
the process for applying to an internship/summer job?
Are you checking
out possible careers? How? Have you been visiting
Are you thinking
about graduate school? Are you preparing for graduate school exams?
to Give to the Junior Advisee
Assess your choice
of major. Does it fit? This may be a good time to make sure.
resume. Show it to Wackerle Center and your advisors for polishing.
Consider doing an
off-campus or study abroad program in your senior year (especially
those who previously rejected the idea of a semester away from
Monmouth; additionally, some students may choose to do a second
Application for Degree form and review the Degree Audit the
Registrar’s Office sends in the spring semester to see what else you
need to do to graduate.
leadership/group membership/communication skills.
activities within and outside the classroom: for instance, write for
the Courier or other publications; do a Special Project; be
a TA; volunteer and do community work; become a club president; do a
work-study job involving initiative and responsibility (e.g. RA,
Career Advisor, Hales Gallery curator, Learning Assistant, Upward
Bound tutor, departmental assistant , etc.).
activities during the summer vacation e.g. research, volunteer and
community work, summer employment.
to know one of your faculty well each semester.
available to you after graduation, including graduate study,
employment, travel, or community service.
career-related internship over the summer, or instead of a course
during the semester.
contacts. Do this through your major department, advisors, family,
professional organizations, the Alumni Career Network and Wackerle
Thinking About Graduate School
Talk with your
advisors about possible graduate school plans.
Make sure to
review The Wackerle Center's useful
Graduate School page.
Read and research
generally about how to get into graduate school
graduate school exams and take them over the spring and summer
before the senior year.
Remember that many
graduate programs have application deadlines as early as November
the year before you would attend; therefore, start your search
process by at least the summer between your Junior and Senior year.
scholarships you can apply for as a junior, either for your senior
year or for graduate school e.g. Truman, Marshall, Rhodes, Beinecke,
Goldwater, and Udall.