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Second Year Experience

Welcome to your second year at Oakland University or your first year as a transfer student!

The Second Year Experience is designed to make sure you are getting the most out of your college education and are getting the very best college experience during this year.

Your Academic Advisers want to help you make sure you are in a major that  is the right fit for you, that you are taking classes applicable to your degree, and that you know about all the opportunities to help you create and enhance your resume throughout college.  We also want to showcase ways for you to have fun and meaningful experiences in college.

To accomplish all of this, we encourage you to follow the five steps as detailed in the tabs below to get the most out of your Second Year Experience.

  1. Fall Academic Advising
  2. Engagement
  3. Winter Academic Advising
  4. Register for Classes
  5. Third Year Fall Academic Advising

It is truly a worthwhile use of your time to make sure you are not missing out on anything!

Step 1

Step 1: Fall Academic Advising

Schedule an appointment during the Fall semester, ideally in September or October. Don’t know who your Academic Adviser is? Use the find my Academic Adviser webpage.

At this appointment, you and your Academic Adviser will discuss several topics:

  • Your major: How do you know you’re in a major that is the right fit for you?
  • Your classes: Are you taking the correct classes for your major?
  • Academic performance: Are you living up to your own expectations in the classroom?
  • Engagement opportunities: Are you aware of all the things you can do on campus related to your major? Are you aware of all of the opportunities to get involved on campus?
  • Investment: Are you enjoying your college experience?  What other things can you do to have a better college experience?

As a bonus, you’ll also get an OU t-shirt for coming in to see your Academic Adviser (while supplies last of course, so don’t put off seeing your Academic Adviser)!

Step 2

Step 2: Engagement

As part of the Second Year Experience, you will be expected to participate in at least two engagement opportunities throughout the year.

Your Academic Adviser will go into detail about these areas of engagement, but right now you can click below for a description and some examples.

Major/Minor Exploration
This is to help make sure that you are in a major that is the right fit for you.  You can also start considering what minors may complement your degree. Sample major/minor exploration opportunities include:
  • Major info sessions
  • Major expos
  • Group advising
  • Job shadowing
Major Engagement
If you are truly confident in your major, we want you to become engaged in it.  You should learn all you can about the field and try to meet other students who are following the same path.  Sample major engagement opportunities include:
  • Department hosted event or lecture
  • Academic student organization
  • Meeting with faculty/program adviser
  • Attending an academic workshop
Career/Research Engagement
It is never too early to start building your resume and thinking about your career after graduation.  Oakland offers a lot of great opportunities for you start enhancing your career experiences. Sample career/research engagement opportunities include:
  • Major specific research
  • Internship or co-op
  • Career fair/internship mixer
  • Visiting an on-campus recruiter
Campus Engagement
Focusing on academics is important in college, but you don’t want to have all work and no play!  College is also about making memories, meeting new people, and having great stories to tell.  Campus engagement is the fun part of the college experience.  Sample campus engagement opportunities include:
  • Social student organization
  • Campus leadership
  • Sporting events
  • Performance events
Community Engagement
Campus engagement is important, but there are also opportunities in local communities around Oakland University and also in your hometown. Off-campus engagement is a crucial part of the college experience. Sample community engagement opportunities include:
  • Study abroad/study away
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Global Brigades
  • Leadership & volunteer work
Step 3

Step 3: Winter Academic Advising

In your Winter semester academic advising appointment, you’ll review those engagement opportunities from Step 2. Your Academic Adviser will talk with you about how the year is progressing, and will re-visit key questions from the appointment in Step 1.

Your Academic Adviser’s primary goals are to ensure you are on the right path for your major and feel excited about, and also to help you learn how you can become involved and engaged on campus.

In addition to these things, your Academic Adviser will help you plan out next year’s course schedule.

To be prepared for full-year registration, you will want to meet with your Academic Adviser before mid-March. You’ll also get another OU swag for seeing your Academic adviser (again, while supplies last)!

Step 4

Step 4: Register for Classes

Full year registration happens every year in late March and/or early April. Ideally, you should meet with your Academic Adviser and create a plan before that time.

You do not want to wait to register for courses; register the first day registration opens for you so that you have the best selection of courses. Upper level classes tend to be smaller and fill up quicker, so you may risk not getting into a class you really need if you don’t register on time.

Step 5

Step 5: Third Year Fall Academic Advising

Your final stop in the Second Year Experience actually comes at the start of your third year. This is when you check back in with your Academic Adviser.

Hopefully you’ll have tons of great things to share since your last appointment. The goals for engagement continues but, the focus will start shifting so that you are aware of all the opportunities geared toward junior and senior year students.

The main focus of this academic advising appointment will be to give you the tools to investigate great things you can be doing in your final years of your degree.

We want to ensure you are seizing everything opportunity to be prepared to get that great job after college or be accepted into your graduate school of choice.