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Succeeding at Hunter by Year


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How to succeed in your 1st year at Hunter:

How to succeed in your 2nd year at Hunter:

How to succeed in your 3rd year at Hunter:

How to succeed in your Final year at Hunter (and beyond):

 

 

How to succeed in your 1st year at Hunter

  • What are some basic tips to keep in mind during my first year at Hunter College?
  • SciMON Says: (1) Have a broad approach – one that considers all of your life experiences, interests, skills and values. (2) Have a strategic approach – one with options and back-up plans. (3) Consider the following questions: Do I have a definite, defined career in mind (e.g., doctor, chemist, biologist, science or math teacher)? Do I simply want my science degree to open an employment door for me? Many people use their degrees to get a job, and their careers unfold after that. (4) Remember that academic planning and career planning go hand-in-hand.

    SOURCE: Adapted from our academic tip sheet.

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  • What should I be doing to prepare academically in my first year?

    SciMON Says: You’re in school to learn, and that’s exciting! Be proactive and make sure to get the most from your courses. Spend this year identifying what you are most interested in academically, where your strengths are, and what you enjoy doing the most. Consider which courses you may take that will fit a particular career path you want to go in and/or that will allow for many options in a particular field or career path. Based on what you learn about yourself and the options at your disposal, determine which major you want to declare and declare it. You may also want to consider an Honors degree at this time.

    SOURCE: Adapted from our academic tip sheet.

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  • What resources are available to me to help me prepare academically in my first year?

    SciMON Says: Make use of academic advisors through student services. Don’t hesitate to contact your professors, set up a meeting with them to talk to them about their careers and what courses you should take to prepare for a related career interest of your own. Talk to your peers—other students in your classes may have similar ideas to you about what to do in the future. Use these resources to decide your plan of study for the next semester. Course selection should advance both your short-term and long-term academic goals. But you should be thinking about courses early as many fill up fast!

    SOURCE: Adapted from our academic tip sheet.

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  • Can I get involved in hands-on research during my first year?

    SciMON Says: Yes! Talk to your professors about the research they are doing and ask them if they need help around their labs. You may research and find contact information for a portion of labs run by professors at Hunter on our website here. You may also learn about other research opportunities that will take you out of New York, across the nation, and internationally (some with financial support to do so!). It’s also important to begin looking into Hunter’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) enrichment programs at this stage. These programs offer mentorship, research opportunities, financial assistance and other benefits to students interested in STEM. You may be eligible to apply to them or become eligible soon.

    SOURCE: Adapted from our academic tip sheet.

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  • How far in advance do I need to plan for next semester or next academic year?

    SciMON Says: The best advice we can give is to try to make a decision about which academic degree to pursue by February. Remember, having this decision made doesn’t mean you cannot change your mind later on. But making a decision will help you to more easily decide your plan of study for the next semester with the help of an academic advisor. Course selection should advance both your short-term and long-term academic goals. But you should be thinking about courses early as many fill up fast! Again, your career aspirations and goals may change as you develop throughout your academic program, and this is a good thing. The main thing is to be thinking and strategizing, planning and modifying – not sitting back and waiting until the last minute!

    SOURCE: Adapted from our academic tip sheet.

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  • How do I develop my skills outside the classroom during my first year?

    SciMON Says:

    Find ways to increase your experience

    Develop your job search tools
    •     Make an appointment with a Career Counselor to discover possible career choices that suit your interests, skills, and personal traits.
    •     Have your resume/cover letter reviewed by a career counselor, or use Hunter’s new Optimal Resume program

    Learn about networking
    • Attend Career Development Workshops, also visit the Hunter College SciMON web portal “Events” page for a schedule of the most current events.
    • Attend the Hunter College Career Expo
    • Start talking to people about your research and/or job interests! Professors and TAs are a good place to begin – they have valuable knowledge about your field of interest. You may also need them as a reference one day.


    SOURCE: Adapted from our academic tip sheet.

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How to succeed in your 2nd year at Hunter

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How to succeed in your 3rd year at Hunter

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How to succeed in your Final year at Hunter (and beyond)

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