Major Themes: Loss of, and preparation for, study abroad, leadership development and leadership roles, wellness, career exploration, life skills, social connections.

Highlighted initiatives and programs:

  • Study Abroad pre-orientation – preparing for navigating new cultures
  • Leading campus from the middle: leadership, social norming, bystander intervention as a Junior
  • Life Skills Workshops: living off campus, navigating leases, budgeting while off campus, cooking demonstrations.
  • Year 3 programming on Career Services’ 4-Year Action Plan

Junior Experience Checklist

Educational Engagement

  • Explore Graduate School programs 
    • Note any dates for application and required materials.
    • Ask a faculty member you trust if they know of any great programs, or if they will serve as a letter of recommendation moving forward.
    • Look into GRE (or specific exams) testing dates, costs, methods, and locations near you.
    • Explore GRE (or specific exams) prep workbooks and best test-taking practices. Make a study and practice group.  
  • Study Abroad
    • Attend a Study Abroad info session or program.
    • Plan out what Pitzer SA programs and countries look the most interesting to you.

Individual Development

  • Career exploration 
    • Not sure the first step out of college? Explore with this Career Interest Tool.
    • Pick a few job titles you are interested in and search them on O*net.
  • Explore what’s important to you 

Building Community 

  • Attend a Student Organization that you went to in your first year, reflect on how you’ve changed since. 
  • Practice gratitude in the community 
    • Write a friend a physical, e-card, or send them a thoughtful text. 
    • Tell a Senior the impact they’ve had on you, how you’d like to stay connected after they graduate. 
  • Election Preparation 

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Find a book to read for your own growth. Form a discussion group to follow up with/keep you on track. Some possibilities: 
    • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 
    • My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem 
    • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo 
  • Attend a program or event offered by the Identity Board or student organizations.