In the third year, students begin to focus their study in a major. It is also a time for students to take the initiative to seek out opportunities where they are able to apply their developing knowledge and skills to meet real-world challenges, through opportunities such as internships, community engagement projects, or research experiences. Students will also begin to think about what lies beyond Furman and explore potential graduate/professional programs or careers of interest.

Potential Advising Topics of Discussion in the Third Year:

  • What do you envision for the year ahead?
  • What courses are you taking that will help prepare you best for your next steps?
  • What and who are resources to help you navigate your next steps?
  • What kinds of questions are beginning to interest you in your chosen field of study? What connections can you draw among courses both inside and outside your major or program of study? Reflect on these connections and how they are shaping your future plans.
  • What Furman Advantage activity aligns with your interests and future goals? Have you thought about participating in research, internships, study away or community engagement?
  • Have you explored available opportunities? Do you know what campus resources to seek out to find out more about these opportunities?
  • What impact have your co-curricular activities had on your future plans? Where do you hope to learn more and/or gain experience to apply what you are learning?
  • Have you thought about your post-graduation plans? Do you know how and when to apply to graduate school? How are you preparing to take standardized tests (e.g. GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT) that may be necessary for entry?
  • Have you met with a career counselor to develop your individualized career action plan?
  • What additional skills and experiences do you hope to gain to prepare for your post-graduation plans?

Year Three Recommended Activities for Advisees (Fall Term):

  • Attend classes, and be prepared.
  • Attend CLP events that are of interest.
  • Explore co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
  • Explore potential study away and May X opportunities.
  • Attend Departmental Information events to understand what potential careers or post-graduation plans students pursue.
  • Talk with your academic advisor, faculty member or other mentor about potential summer experiences (e.g. researchinternships, community engagement or relevant employment). For research experiences talk with faculty in your area of interest. For potential internship opportunities, set up a meeting with the Internship Office. Deadlines to apply for funding for these experiences are early spring.
  • Explore part-time internship opportunities in Greenville, available in the Fall or Spring semesters, by visiting the Internship Office.
  • Connect with an alumni mentor to discuss potential career paths.
  • Visit the Malone Center for Career Engagement to research potential careers and explore professional development opportunities. Begin developing your resume and/or networking profile.
  • If applicable, begin researching potential graduate and professional programs.
  • Maintain good academic and conduct standing.
  • Meet, in person, with your academic advisor to discuss your plan for spring courses.
  • Register for spring courses.​

Year Three Recommended Activities for Advisees (Spring Term):

  • Meet, in person, with your academic advisor to reflect on the previous semester and set goals for the up-coming semester.
  • Attend classes, and be prepared.
  • Attend CLP events that are of interest.
  • Explore co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
  • Explore May X opportunities and enroll (optional).
  • Explore summer courses (optional).
  • Apply for financial aid and scholarships for next year.
  • Register for fall housing.
  • Talk with your academic advisor, faculty member or other mentor about potential summer experiences (e.g. researchinternships, community engagement, or relevant employment).
  • Participate in Furman Engaged.
  • Attend Departmental Information events to understand what potential careers or post-graduation plans students pursue.
  • Research potential careers and graduate and professional programs. Note application deadlines for graduate and professional programs and begin application process if necessary.
  • Meet with an alumni mentor to discuss potential career paths.
  • Visit the Malone Center for Career Engagement to research potential careers and explore professional de​velopment opportunities.
  • Maintain good academic and conduct standing.
  • Meet, in person, with your academic advisor to discuss your plan for fall courses.
  • Register for fall courses.​​
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