Center for Student Excellence

Second Year Experience

Your second year is equally as important as your first year! We want to ensure you are successful each year here at Avila. We have created a checklist for you to use as a guide this school year.

Academic success

  1. Create a schedule that allows dedicated time for class attendance, studying (approximately 3 hours for each credit hour; 3 credit hour class = 9 hours), co-curricular activities (athletics, student organizations, etc.), on-campus or off-campus jobs, and other personal commitments. 
  2. Put all of your activities on a calendar. A visual calendar helps with organizing and prioritizing, but use whatever works best for you! Consider paper calendars, planners, apps, electronic devices, etc. 
  3. Make sure you know your advisor and schedule time to discuss future career opportunities and academic course planning. Your advisor can be found by logging into MyAU or contacting the Registration and Student Records Office in Blasco Hall.
  4. Become familiar with MyAU, including how to access final and midterm grades, financial information, and the advising worksheet (which identifies required core and major classes and indicates which requirements have been satisfied). 
  5. Explore study abroad or travel course opportunities. Avila offers several, shorter travel courses a year as well as scholarship opportunities.
  6. When necessary, take advantage of the Writing Center and free tutoring. 
  7. If applicable, renew the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1st as possible.

Career preparation success

  1. Identify your major or explore career opportunities with a Career Services staff member (in the Hodes Center).
  2. Utilize the many career assessment tools found on Avila’s Career Services webpage.
  3. Develop or update your resume. For detailed information, or to schedule an appointment with a staff member, visit Career Services online.
  4. Consider how a minor or certificate program might enhance your educational experience and career preparation.
  5. In the spring, start thinking about summer jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities related to your career interests.

Personal growth

  1. Understand your financial aid package, including the difference between types of aid (grant, loan, scholarship, work study, etc.).
  2. Estimate your monthly loan payment upon graduation in order to help make good financial decisions.
  3. Reflect on your values and passions. What is your calling and purpose?
  4. Create balance in your life to lead a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise are so important.

Community involvement

  1. Become an active member of a student organization. You might consider an organization that enhances your major/career, and one that interests you outside your career path.
  2. Consider service opportunities within the community. For additional information, you can contact Campus Ministry located on the first floor of Carondelet.
  3. In the spring, begin thinking about and preparing for where you will live your junior year.
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