FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
- Know who your adviser is and how to contact him/her.
- Be able to navigate MyAkron, including accessing and using your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) audit.
- Become familiar with the 4 year Curriculum Guide.
- Explore academic, career, and personal interests.
- Become familiar with the General Education requirements.
- Know and adhere to the 32 / 48 rule.
- Know how to access the Curriculum Guides for individual majors.
- Become familiar with UA academic calendar/deadlines, add/drop, registration dates, etc.
- Become familiar with UA student clubs and the co-curricular experience– get started at OrgSync.
- Understand the University’s expectation for student behavior (The University of Akron Student Code of Conduct) and the consequences of behavior on future employment.
- Learn to manage your time successfully so that you are able to complete assignments and still manage personal responsibilities (including coming to understand that sometimes you cannot do it all).
- Learn to ask for help when you need it rather than attempting to deal with overwhelming situations, including attending your instructors office hours alone.
- Learn about/take care of financial aid responsibilities, including filing FAFSA on time.
- Discover your own personal learning style and learn how you can use it to be a more successful student.
- Become familiar with campus services (Office of Student Academic Success, Office of Accessibility (OOA), Career Center, Counseling Center (CC), Office of Multicultural Development (OMD), etc.
- Learn what future employers expect of their employees and adopt a level of academic integrity that will provide a foundation of ethical behavior in the career arena.
- Discover/assess skills, values, talents, strengths, and weaknesses.
- Work with your adviser to begin to narrow your interests to determine a major if not admitted to your major.
- Explore experiences that will help you clarify goals and interests (co-ops, internships, undergraduate research opportunities, professional organizations, mentorships, student employment, volunteerism, study abroad, etc.).
- Explore course requirements (What IF? feature in DARS) for potential majors, minors or certificates and start to make faculty contacts in the respective departments.
- Determine if your strengths and interests fit your major/career choice through discussion with your adviser and a career counselor in the Career Center.
- Visit the Career Center and begin to develop a resume, cover letter, and/or portfolio.
- Explore/apply for UA scholarships and other scholarship sources and adhere to deadlines.
- Get to know your faculty adviser/mentor in your major, minor or certificate plan.
- Get to know 2 to 3 faculty members in your major field of study- important for letters of recommendation.
- Complete a junior review and update you advising worksheets with your college adviser. Check your DARS report.
- Register with the Career Center (if you haven’t already) to map out a job search plan.
- Research criteria for internship and co-op opportunities - visit the Career Center; meet deadlines for participation.
- Research multiple career options within your field of study to determine best fit.
- Make academic, career, personal decisions – it’s a lifelong skill!
- Research employment or graduate school options and requirements for admission and/or employment.
- Begin the networking process; consider participating in career/employment fairs.
- Be aware of graduation process/dates/deadlines.
- See faculty adviser for input on identifying and addressing additional education/skills needed for employment or for graduate school. Check registration dates for GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.).
- Begin the graduation application process. Check your DARS report.
- Get to know 2 to 3 faculty members in your field of study - important for letters of recommendation.
- Polish your resume, cover letter, and portfolio.
- Take advantage of Career Fairs and on-campus interview opportunities.
- Apply to graduate or professional school(s).
- Prepare to market yourself to potential employers/graduate schools by articulating your skills and knowledge acquired through your course of study.
- Continue networking.
Congratulations on considering a career in the health field! Your education here at The University of Akron is the foundation to your continued pursuit of graduate/professional school, and Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences is committed to assisting you achieve your dreams! Please visit the Pre-Professional Health Resources page for more information.