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Month by Month Roadmap

There are so many things going on at the University of South Carolina, and your sophomore year is unique. Stay organized and up to date with this roundup of reminders, resources and insider tips, custom-made for our second-year students.  

August

Welcome back! Get settled into your housing space, pick up a student planner from the Student Success Center for FREE and map out your semester!

Adjusting to Life Off-Campus
If you are looking for a roommate or trying to understand your lease, we can assist you.
Off-Campus Student Services » 

Budget Assistance
We offer sessions to help you with budgets, student loans and much more.
Financial Literacy »

Getting involved 
Find out more about your strengths and interests so you can determine the best campus organizations to join. 
Take a STRONG Interest Inventory »

Also, consider investing in the Graduation with Leadership Distinction requirements. You'll graduate with an achievement that will set you apart once you begin applying for jobs and graduate school.

September

Don't miss the Sophomore September events and activities planned just for you. Cheer for the Gamecocks during fall sports and follow along with Student Life’s Good Choices Campaign.

  • Smartphone apps, like Any.do, Feedly, Quizlet and Evernote can aid your academic success.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research is available to help you navigate beginning or continuing your research.
October

Midterms are coming up so make sure you are prepared. We offer supplemental instruction sessions and peer tutoring at no additional cost. 
Supplemental Instruction »
Peer Tutoring »

Thinking about switching majors?
Advising is available. It is always a great idea to talk with other students and professors in your field of interest, too.
Major Change Advising »

Get engaged with the local community!

  • Look into an alternative fall break or winter break.
  • Participate in Service Saturdays.
  • Sign up for a service-learning course.

The National Student Exchange is a great opportunity to attend another participating university in the United States for a semester, summer or full year. Learn more at the Student Success Center.

November

Time to register for spring courses! Be mindful of the correct time for you to register.
Log in to Self Service Carolina »

Double check that you have been advised and that all holds on your account have been taken care of before your assigned appointment to register.
Get Advised »

The biggest rivalry week of the year happens the week before Thanksgiving! Be sure get involved with fun activities for the Carolina-Clemson Rivalry, such as the annual blood drive and Tiger Burn.

With Thanksgiving Break coming up, it is important to still prioritize your tasks to make sure you stay on top of projects and papers.

December

Finals
Check out the Russell House as it turns into the Study Union during finals week.

Don't forget that we are available for any of your academic support needs and that there are plenty of ways to de-stress during this tense time of year.
Managing Stress at USC » 

Some things we suggest:

  • Working Out. The Strom Thurmond Fitness Center and the Blatt Center are open to students. A good workout can help release stress and clear your mind.
  • Creature Comfort. Be on the lookout for Pet-a-Puppy events around campus, sponsored by the Student Health Center.
Winter Break

Winter Break is a great time to reflect on your time here at the university and what you’ve accomplished. 

Consider:

  • Planning your upcoming spring semester.
  • Setting S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant) goals for yourself.
  • Polishing your resume, adding leadership roles or jobs you have had over the semester.
  • Getting started with the Graduation with Leadership Distinction program, or updating your progress. 
 January

Now is the time to think about a summer internship. Visit us for help updating your resume and information about internship opportunities.

  • A new season of intramural sports typically open up in January, so grab some friends and join a team.
  • The National Student Exchange is a great opportunity to attend another participating university in the United States for a semester, summer or full year. When applying, keep in mind that priority deadline usually occurs in February.
  • This month, the FASFA application for the upcoming academic year becomes available.
February

The interview process for summer internships can take place in the spring. Be prepared and mindful of deadlines. It is a good idea to begin researching where you might want to intern. 

  • Take part in the Sophomore Warm-Up Series offered by the Student Success Center.
  • Start researching summer and fall class options — advisement starts in late February.
  • Be on the lookout for peer leader opportunities. A number of offices and programs begin recruiting in February for summer and fall. Check out the USC Connect database for a full list of programs.
March 

Have fun and stay safe over spring break!

If you are going to be near campus, The Leadership and Service Center at USC offers a collaborative, community-based Alternative Spring Break.

Gamecock sports are kicking into high gear! Cheer on your favorite team at a softball, baseball or sand volleyball game. 

Still need major switch help?
Visit the Undergraduate Advising Center located in Close-Hipp building.

April

It's registration time again! Be sure to get any holds removed from your student record and be advised BEFORE you register for the upcoming semester.
Make an advisement appointment »
Register for classes with Self Service Carolina »

Now is a great opportunity to:

  • Solidify your summer plans.
  • Get out and explore the Columbia area in the beautiful spring weather. Check out Historic Columbia, Congaree National Park and our beautiful rivers.
May

It's finals time.
Don't forget that we are available for any of your academic support needs and that there are plenty of ways to de-stress during this tense time of year.
Managing Stress at USC »

Some things we suggest:

  • Working Out. The Strom Thurmond Fitness Center and Blatt Center are open to students. A good workout can help release stress and clear your mind.
  • Creature Comfort. Be on the lookout for Pet-a-Puppy events around campus, sponsored by the Student Health Center.
June-July

Summer means vacation time for many, but is also a great time to start preparing for your junior year:

  • Take on a summer internship or a part-time job that will give you transferable skills for your future career.
  • Study or volunteer abroad to any number of countries around the globe.
  • Take summer classes at USC or a school close to your home.