Second Year Experience

Second Year Goals

Our focus in the second-year surrounds financial literacy, career development, mindfulness, and identity development. The checklist below will help guide you through the challenges and achievements of the second year.


Financial Literacy: developing a budget, managing debt, building credit, and managing your student loans are among some of the financial responsibilities you are negotiating with. To better understand these topics, we suggest the following:

  • The SYE Peer Mentors host four financial literacy workshops each semester. See MyRaft for more information.
  • We can also offer these workshops to any department- please email to schedule a workshop.
  • Get a SYE Peer Mentor!
Student buying food at the Otter Express

Student making a purchase in Otter Express.



Career Development: While you still have a few years left in school, you must start planning for life after college. During your second-year, you should work on the following:

  • Make sure you are in the right major. Attend the Majors Fair or talk to an advisor to discuss your options. See MyRaft for more information.
  • Get a SYE Peer Mentor!

Student in Career Fair.

Student at the 2022 job fair.


Mindfulness: Learn ways to manage stress and create a work/life balance.

  • SYE offers mindfulness opportunities to help destress such as yoga, planting succulents, painting, and more! Check out MyRaft for this semester’s opportunities!
  • Get a SYE Peer Mentor!
Students have a picnic.

Students having a picnic on Main Quad.



Identity Development: You are in a transitional stage where you may be trying to figure out who you are. 

  • SYE co-hosts identity workshops with the OC3. Check out MyRaft to see when the next Identity Workshop is!
  • Get a SYE Peer Mentor!

Students in Main Quad.

Student's on North Quad.