Personal roadmap—year 3

You’re considered a third-year student when you have earned 61-90 college credits.

During your third year, you need to make sure you’re on the right track academically. An evaluation of your completed course requirements will help ensure that you’re heading toward a career that is meaningful and rewarding for you.

Community and campus involvement are instrumental during this part of your academic career. Opportunities for career exploration and personal growth will provide an enriching experience for self-reflection, and are crucial for a successful completion of your 3rd year in college.

Advice

  • Do you need to register for the GRE?
  • Research Graduate Schools
  • Identify instructors for recommendation letters
  • Review degree audit and make sure you are on track
  • Discuss your degree requirement with your advisor
  • Secure an internship

Checklist

Academics 

  • Remain mindful of GPA
  • Continue to talk to faculty—establish positive relationships
  • Research graduate school—look over requirements and timeline
  • Time Management is very important—especially as you become more campus involved
  • Keep an eye on your college requirements
    • 120 Total Credits (generally 40 courses, assuming courses are 3 credits)
    • 45 credits taken at UMass Dartmouth 
    • At least 30 credits of advanced and specialized courses must be completed at UMass Dartmouth, these courses are numbered 300 or higher
University studies requirements must be met
    • Major requirements met
    • GPA 2.00+ overall and minimum major GPA
    • Credit cannot be awarded twice for passing an identical course twice
    • No College Studies, University Studies, or major requirements can be taken as pass/fail

      For more information please see Academic Catalog sections Academic Regulation and Procedures.  

Advising 

  • Confirm with advisor regarding remaining courses for degree completion

Engagement 

  • Participate in service learning project
  • Remain an active member of a student organization—consider holding an office within an organization
  • Establish strong involvement on campus

Financial

  • Complete the FAFSA by the March 1 deadline. (You may submit as early as October 1.)
  • Don’t let loans exceed your bill
  • Continue to seek out scholarships
  • Remain mindful of working hrs/wk

Leadership

  • Find an internship or field related work
  • Work with your mentor
  • Participate in study abroad
  • Meet with Career Development personnel
  • Begin job searches
  • Update your resumé
  • Focus on summer jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities related to your career interest

Personal growth

  • Reflect who you are and who you wish to be
  • Look into ways to better balance your life
  • Reflect on your values and passion
  • Learn about money management—seek workshops on investments

Checklist for students with 91-120 credits.
Links to help you on your path to graduation.