Sophomore Advising

Sophomore Advising Overview

The Sophomore Advising Program promotes the academic and personal well-being of sophomores at a critical and exciting time in their academic years. Sophomore Advisers affiliated with each House serve as primary academic advisers to incoming sophomores and guide them through the process of declaring a concentration.At Currier, the Sophomore Advising Program is overseen by its Sophomore Advising Coordinator (SAC), Lindsay Mitchell, a third-year tutor and member of the House senior staff. Over the summer, the SAC matches each incoming sophomore with a resident tutor based on academic, co-curricular, and personal interests. Trained by the SAC and by the Advising Programs Office (APO), sophomore advisers help advisees make informed choices on a variety of academic matters: selecting courses, choosing a concentration, and deciding how to utilize time at or away from school. In addition to academic matters, they are an adviser of the house that you can look to for guidance and support. Below is a timeline of a Sophomore Advising Roadmap. To kick off the year, each student should make sure to introduce themselves to a few of the many resources that are available in the house.

  1. Resident Dean:The Resident Dean serves as your academic dean during your time at Harvard and is interested in talking to you about any matters concerning your academics or your well-being.   If you ever find yourself with a dilemma, you should consult your resident dean.
  2. Tutors:At Currier, we have a diverse tutor staff covering a wide variety of academic and personal interests. Familiarize yourself with their bios and reach out proactively for advice.
  3. House Staff:The house staff at Currier is the best of its kind and possesses a wealth of information. They not only have answers to questions about deadlines, forms, and house life, they also can serve as great resources for guidance.
  4. Your Sophomore Adviser: Login to the Advising Network Portal to find your Adviser. Your Sophomore Adviser will be your personal contact within the House and will check-in with you throughout the year. If you have a question about academics, extra-curriculars, or House life, reach out to your Sophomore Adviser.

During this time, if you’re looking for someone to help you with a specific class or a specific subject, there are Harvard resources that offer a wealth of knowledge and support:

In addition, please make sure to reach out to your TAs and Professors and leverage any office hours, section reviews, and study groups.Plan for the Year: Fall AdvisingThe fall is a busy time for sophomores as you think about classes and your concentration. Please be aware of key milestones during the fall semester:

  • Study Card Day
  • Plan of Study / Concentration Declaration
  • Pre-Term Planning Deadline
  • Last Day to Add/Drop without fee
  • Last Day to Add/Drop
  • Last Day to Withdraw

Plan for the Summer: Spring AdvisingAs you define your concentration, it is a good time to link with a faculty member or explore opportunities for the summer and learn more about the summer opportunities available to you as sophomores. If you are interested in studying abroad over the summer, you should begin your planning in the fall term, as the deadlines are earlier than you might expect. Below are some things to consider:

  • Research
  • Fellowships
  • Study Abroad
  • Internship Search
  • Summer School

Also, we recommend developing and reviewing a resume with Harvard and House resources.Make the Most of the SummerAs many of you venture in to different areas and roles for the summer, please do not forget to take the time to make the most of the opportunity and the time. Below are suggestions on how you can make the summer an effective experience:

  1. Develop an Action Plan.There is a range goals that students set for their summer from visiting family to working at an internship. Students should set their objectives and keep track of your progress in meeting those objectives throughout the summer. You may also wish to seek out experiences which will be useful down the road.
  2. Expand Your Knowledge.Your summer experience will give you a unique understanding about yourself and for some of you, your first exposure to work, research, or being abroad. Take advantage of as many of these opportunities as much as possible to speak to others in your field or around you for advice and guidance.
  3. Reflect on Your Experience.As a final note, please take the time when your experience is fresh in your mind to reflect on your experience and sit down and if applicable, update your resume for the upcoming fall.

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