Welcome to the upperclassmen ranks. You have successfully overcome your freshman year shenanigans and you have hopefully started to build your career related experience during your sophomore year. So you may be wondering what more can people expect from you as a college student. The answer is simple a lot. You are now a junior, which means you have hopefully established your academic presence and you are hopefully in a leadership position within an on-campus or off-campus club or organization. Your work has just began, below are some steps and other helpful advice that will help you avoid becoming complacent during your junior year:
1. Tap into your Academic Capital- During your junior year you should start utilizing the relationships that you have built with your professors. This usually comes in the form of seeking a letter of recommendation for a scholarship, internship, and or for your graduate school application.
2. Use your Social Capital for a Good Cause- As an upperclassman or upperclasswoman you are a role model, whether you realize it or not. This requires you to lend your time and presence to worthwhile events as a way to show younger students the importance of being involved in campus life. This is a good opportunity to re-build your college image if you had some issues in the past. Consider this as an opportunity for you to pay it forward.
3. Continue to Show Up to class- This is really something you should understand and be committed to. Show up you're almost done. Do not sabotage yourself!!!
4. Continue to build your employment experience- Hopefully, by your junior year you have at least one work related experience under your belt. If not, make sure that you actively seek out internships, fellowships, and other work related opportunities. Stop wasting time.
5. Decide what your next step will be (Graduate School or Entering the workforce) - This is one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make in your life. In order to prepare yourself to make this decision you need to do some research, speak with your parents, college professors, or other individuals who you trust. Do not take this decision lightly. Really give this some thought. Once you make a decision one way or the other start executing your plan immediately. Good Luck.
Below is a playlist that will help you during your junior year:
1. Drake- “No New Friends”
2. Nelly ft. Pharrell Williams and Nicki Minaj- “Get Like Me”
4. Kirko Bangz- “Drank in My Cup (Remix)”
5. Kendrick Lamar-“Don’t Kill My Vibe”
6. Wale “Ambitious Girls”
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