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Undergraduate Students

Tips for College Students

Whether you are a Freshman or an upperclassman, LSUS is dedicated to your having a successful, memorable, and positive growth experience. These checklists include suggestions, resources and various tasks to assist you at each stage along the way. Check them out!

Your FRESHMAN YEAR is a time to learn about yourself, get connected and organized, explore the possibilities, become more self-reliant and reflect on your what you want from your college experience. You now have a great responsibility to your academic career and may experience lots of challenges, but know there are lots of resources available to you. Check out the College Freshman Survival Guide. At the end of your Freshman year, reflect on these questions:

  • What have you learned about yourself?
  • How have you established your priorities and study strategies?
  • How have your explored your intended major and developed some career goals?
  • How have you become a connected member of the LSUS community? 

Your SOPHOMORE YEAR is a time to gain direction and develop your academic plan, take on leadership roles and develop interpersonal skills. Your academic life is likely to become more challenging, so it is time to get serious about managing time and taking personal responsibility for your learning. At the end of your Sophomore year, reflect on these questions:

  • How have your explored your intended major and developed some career goals?
  • How do your discoveries about yourself inform your life or career goals?
  • How have your maintained your priorities and life balance? 

Your JUNIOR YEAR is a time to begin looking post-graduation and making plans for graduate work or life after college. School is still a priority, but it is time to put into practice what you are learning and gain some "real life" experience in the job market through internships or other experiential education opportunities. At the end of your Junior year, reflect on these questions:

  • How are you preparing for your final year at LSUS?
  • Have you started to consider your options after graduation?
  • How have your relationships with faculty and peers grown over the last three years?
  • Reflect on your personal and professional development.

Your SENIOR YEAR is time to begin the transition to the world of work, but also strengthen your connections to LSUS, mentor others to take on your leadership roles and reflect on your college experience. At the end of your Senior year, reflect on these questions:

  • Reflect on your four years of college. What did you learn about yourself? Your strengths?
  • How did LSUS prepare you for your next step in life?
  • Reflect on how experiential education impacted your studies at LSUS.
  • What can you do as an alumnus to remain an active member of the LSUS community?