The Sophomore Year Experience Symposium Overview
September 2, 2013

All sophomores and/or second-year students participating in the Sophomore Year Symposium will be able to move into the residence halls on Saturday, August 31 starting at 10:00 am.

1. Sophomore Symposium

The Sophomore Symposium on Monday, September 2, 2013, helps to prepare sophomore and/or second-year students at Pitzer College for the upcoming academic year. Session topics include academic advising and planning, study abroad, navigating the registration process, internship opportunities, success in the sciences, involvement in clubs and organizations and more! Sophomores will have the opportunity to interact with each other and with faculty, staff, and Sophomore Year Experience Mentors to help prepare them for their sophomore year. The Sophomore Symposium is a day-long conference style event designed to prepare sophomore and/or second-year students at Pitzer College for the upcoming academic year.

Students participating in the symposium are not committed to attending the full day; students are welcome to join the specific sessions that interest them. more...

2. SYE Mentors

Upper-class mentors are available for sophomores to connect with on topics including academic interests, study abroad and community service opportunities, and career development. Sophomores will be able to connect with upperclassmen with similar interests and gain their perspectives on navigating campus resources and decision-making related to these important topics.  Mentors will be available at faculty study break sessions, the Sophomore Symposium, and Celebrating Sophomores programs to connect with sophomore students. Additionally, mentors will be available via a Facebook page and email to connect with Sophomores and answer their questions. Learn more about the SYE mentors.

3. Sophomore Faculty Study Breaks

Faculty study breaks will be a series of opportunities for Pitzer sophomores to interact with faculty in a variety of disciplines.  Each month, sophomores will have the opportunity to attend a study break session with a faculty member from a particular academic focus, giving sophomores the opportunity to explore a variety of academic interests and major possibilities, while forming connections with faculty and other students who attend the events.

4. Celebrating Sophomores Series

Each month throughout the academic year, a "Celebrating Sophomores" program will be put on for sophomores to learn about a topic relevant to them.  Topics will include: career and internship planning, study abroad planning, and community engagement/involvement.  A different office or group of faculty and staff will be invited each month to speak to sophomores on that months topic.  Sophomores will also have the opportunity to mingle with upper-class students and get their perspectives on that month's topic.

Questions will be gladly answered by

Moya Carter
Dean of Students

Cheryl Cobbina
Mead Residence Director