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Create Your Plan

Now is the time to plan to connect your academic interests with your experiences beyond the classroom, learn to reflect, share what you learn and apply it all to your ultimate goals.

To begin your plan, think about the possibilities year by year. Take a look at this four-year example and choose the pieces that are right for you, add others as needed, then move possibilities around to fit your own situation. 

First Year:

Begin to engage by choosing the best experiences.


Sophomore Year:

Engage more deeply and document your involvement.


Junior Year:

Reflect on your experiences, share what you are learning and adapt your plans with your senior year and graduation with leadership distinction in mind.

  • As you continue to be engaged and document your work, think carefully about what you have been doing and why it is important to you
    • What has been most valuable?
    • How do your activities relate to your future goals?
  • Take opportunities to lead in your areas of interest
  • Meet with a coach in the Career Center
  • Visit Discovery USC to see what others are presenting
  • Complete the orientation for Graduation with Leadership Distinction and think about how you can fit UNIV 401 or a similar seminar into your senior year


Senior Year:

Reflect on how all your undergraduate experiences fit together and what they mean for your future.

  • Learn to tell your story.  Be ready for job interviews and graduate school applications
  • Take UNIV 401 (or major specific seminar) to help you articulate how your educational experiences have prepared you for the future
  • Participate in a Mock Interview in the Career Center
  • Present at Discovery USC
  • Complete requirements for Graduation with Leadership Distinction