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Your Year-by-Year Guide to Finishing in 4

  • Year 1

    The most important thing you’ll need to do is decide on a major. Spend time finding what interests you through student organizations and events. You’ll never have more free time than in your freshmen year, so get involved.

    To do

    What to ask your advisor

    • Which UCC courses credits should I take this semester?
    • Which courses are right for my major/exploratory program?
    • Which major prerequisites can I start taking now?
    • What student activities or organizations are related to my interests?

    Resources

  • Year 2

    Now that you’re more comfortable at FIU, think about taking on more responsibilities. Become a leader in a club or organization, get involved as a peer mentor or start thinking about careers and internships. This is also the best time to do a study abroad or student exchange program.

    To do

    • Decide if you are happy with your major choice. Changing your major will get much harder – and more expensive – after this year
    • If you’re considering another major, talk to advisors from other departments to learn more about those majors
    • Finish all your core courses by the end of the year
    • Research careers or master’s programs and start thinking about what you want to do after graduation

    What to ask your advisor

    • Which UCC courses do I have left?
    • Am I missing prerequisites for my major?
    • Which study abroad opportunities does my major offer?
    • Can you recommend any research or internship opportunities?
    • Which advisors should I talk to about changing my major?

    Resources

  • Year 2 (Transfer Students)

    If you’re transferring to FIU after you earn your associates degree, start planning in your second year of college. You want to make sure the classes you take will be transferrable to FIU.

    To do

    • Talk to your college advisor about transferring your credits
    • Meet with an FIU advisor. If you are a Connect4Success student, you can use your MyFIU account to reach your advisor.
    • If you are a C4S student talk to your Bridge Advisor to prepare to transfer.

    Resources

  • Year 3

    Start networking. Get to know your professors and your peers. This is the start of your professional network and those you forge relationships with now will help you in the future, giving you guidance and support as you progress to your career or grad school.

    To do

    • Choose electives based on your track or area of concentration.
    • Learn how to create a resume and cover letter and start sending them out to employers. Visit Career and Talent Development for help.
    • Use your extracurricular activities to build experience. Student organizations, honor societies, competitions and even study abroad can make you stand out.
    • Plan your course load carefully. Not all classes are offered each semester and your class choice will become increasingly limited.

    What to ask your advisor

    • Which semester is the best time to take this course?
    • Which professors do you recommend for this course?
    • Which courses should I take if I want to go to graduate school?
    • Are there new student organizations, internship or research opportunities?
    • Am I close to the excess credit threshold?

    Resources

  • Year 4

    You’re almost done. At this point, you should be finishing your remaining classes, applying for graduation and planning to either start your career or continue your education with a graduate degree.

    To do

    • Meet one-on-one with professors to discuss your goals for career or graduate school.
    • Identify potential mentors.
    • Polish your resume.
    • Attend grad fairs or job fairs.
    • Apply for graduation on MyFIU the semester before your last
    • Plan for commencement ceremonies at the start of your last semester.

    What to ask your advisor

    • Am I on track to graduate at the end of this year?
    • What courses am I missing?
    • Do I have enough experience to get a job after graduation?
    • Am I prepared for graduate school?

    Resources