Right Now This Term: Looking Ahead: Academic Planning
Mid-semester is the time to think ahead and plan your next steps. This might involve setting personal and academic goals what you expect to accomplish this spring and even preparing for the summer and sophomore year.
Here are some tips as you think through and plan ahead:
- Learn the requirements and options for majors and minors.
- Explore summer opportunities including UROPs.
- Get yourself involved in research or other hands-on activities.
- Familiarize yourself with the many opportunities available at MIT (e.g. student clubs, sports, UROPs).
- Select subjects that expand your knowledge.
- Get connected to people and resources who can help. (e.g. advisor, associate advisor, academic administrators).
Give yourself enough time to plan ahead, ask questions, and use all of the resources available to you as your progress through your first year.
Examine your academic interests, experiences and goals. Being naturally good at subject does not necessarily mean you should major in it. You will be taking several classes in the major you choose, so be sure you enjoy the subject and are motivated to do the work. As you explore majors, ask yourself the following questions:
- What subjects do you like to study?
- What topics excite you?
- What have you always wanted to know more about?
Network and explore your interests
- Talk with your advisor. S/he can advise you on ways to explore fields of interest and point you to resources to help you explore your future academic/career goals.
- Don't forget to engage your associate advisor, who can give you the student perspective on the day-to-day experience in a given department and potentially connect you to other students in majors you may be considering.
- Network with upperclassmen, faculty and department undergraduate administrators and officers
- Explore department websites to learn more about their curriculum, research and faculty.
- Consider UROPs as a means to learn more about departments and help you determine your interests within a field.