Junior Year Milestones / Checklist

Junior Year Experience Checklist:  This list is a guide to help you navigate your Junior at Loras College.  It is your responsibility to integrate the list as how it fits best into your personal and academic goals.  There are suggestions to help you throughout your year, but should not be seen as an all or required list. 
Academic:  As juniors it is important to ensure that you are on the right track academically.  Evaluating that you have fulfilled the correct course requirements and making sure your major/minor will lead you into a career that is meaningful and rewarding for you.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor to talk about your curriculum and graduation plans.
  • Establish positive relationships with faculty and staff on campus.
  • Utilize the Writing Center & Headwaters for all your academic needs and plan.
  • Look over requirements & timelines for applications to graduate/professional school beyond Loras
  • If you plan to attend graduate school, take admission prep courses/tests (MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, or GRE)
  • Talk with faculty/staff about letters of recommendations for graduate/professional school, if needed
  • If applicable, renew FAFSA by April 15
Community and Involvement:  During the junior year, student should expand on their community and campus involvement. Students can seek out ways not only to get involved but take on leadership roles in both the campus community and larger Dubuque community.
  • Participate in Junior Year Experience programs and events.
  • Participate in on-campus events and activities and show your Duhawk pride at Loras College events.  
  • Attend Loras Athletic events & support your fellow Duhawks!
  • Consider getting involved with Campus Ministry or going on a mission trip
  • Think of ways to strengthen your leadership skills & pursue leadership opportunities within your student organization(s)
  • Reflect on your service opportunity obligations for the year – be involved as much as your schedule allows
  • Enhance relationships with faculty/staff members (Take them to lunch/dinner with free passes provided by the Year Experiences)
  • Join professional organizations as a student member
Career Preparation:  Students in their junior year are nearing the completion of their academic experience. Junior year is a perfect time to participate in an internship, study abroad and hone in on skills related to finding and securing a job.
  • Meet with individuals within the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) office to discuss your career path and opportunities beyond Loras
  • Update your resume (attend resume series events sponsored by JYE) and have it critiqued by Jeff Roberts (CEL Office)
  • Continue to discuss your career goals with your academic advisor.
  • Meet with CEL staff & your advisor to establish internship opportunities, informational interviews, job shadowing, research opportunities, service learning, etc.
  • Attend the annual Career Fair in the Fall
  • Attend Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICoRN) events.
  • Attend the many alumni panels during Homecoming Week, as they pertain to your major
  • Research jobs and organizations that match your desired interests, abilities, and values
    • Investigate what they look for within your chosen career field
  • Conduct a mock interview with either a member within the CEL Office or professor within your major division
Personal Growth:  There are many ways to leave a lasting impression at Loras College, what will yours be? The junior year offers opportunities to help discern your purpose and ways in which you responsibly contribute to the campus community and larger Dubuque community.
  • Develop leadership skills – refine your campus involvement.
    • What will your legacy be once you graduate from Loras?
  • Reflect on your values & passions as a person
    • What is your calling/purpose?
  • Reflect on who you are and who you wish to be
    • What motivates you?
  • Look into ways to better balance your life
    • What are your priorities?
  • Take the time to consider who your role models are in your life.
    • Why are they your role models?
  • Look ahead into the Senior Year Experience Checklist to see if you can plan ahead and complete these over the summer prior to your senior year!
  •  These need to be more of a direct action – discuss with your advisor / make more tangible
Connecting with Peers:  Your friends have supported you throughout your college career.  During your junior year it is important to maintain those friendships. How do I reflect on positive relationships and continue to form meaningful relationships? Am I engaging in discourse? Dealing with conflict?
  • Attend events held for the junior year experience.
  • Broaden your social network by attending events and getting involved in organizations & activities on the Loras campus.
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