Junior Year - What's Next? Follow a path. Find a new one. Discover resources.

So you're wondering what to do this year....

Junior year is a year of discovery. It's a year of fun - but also preparation. Find your passion. Check out your options. Live it up. But how do you do that?

Don't worry. We've got you covered. Use the graphic below to discover just some of the many, many options that await you this year - both on campus and abroad. See something you like? Find the corresponding "Question #" and follow to the corresponding answer below.

Enjoy discovering!

Junior Year - Now What?

Common Questions Answered

I Want To Apply For Fellowships & Grants

Q1: What is a fellowship/grant?

  • Fellowships and grants are opportunities that provide students with funding for study, research, internships, independent projects, or certain programs.
  • They reward academic achievement, leadership, character, service, or other characteristics - depending on the particular fellowship.
  • They support a wide range of interests - from public policy to arts, from foreign language to sciences, and more!
  • They're basically free money! And who doesn't want that?  

Q2: Can you give me some examples?

Q3: Where do I find fellowship/grant opportunities? 

I Want To Pursue A Post-Grad Track

Q4: How do I know if grad school is right for me?

Q5: How should I prepare for med school? 

  • Review the timetable for pre-med students.
  • Choose an MCAT test date from those offered and register.  Registration opens in October for April and May test dates.
  • Submit FAP application for financial assistance on the MCAT and AMCAS (Early February)
  • In January, start preparing for the MCAT (for May test date). Set aside 10-14 hour a week.  You may want to Spring Option as well.

Q6: How should I prepare for law school?

  • Review the timetable for students interested in going into the legal profession.
  • Choose a LSAT test date from those offered (Career Development recommends taking the LSAT in June of your junior year).
  • Explore and register with LSAC.

Q7: How about the GMAT, GRE, etc?

I Want To Check Out Other Opportunities

Q8: How can I get research opportunities?

Q9: Where can I find volunteering opportunities?    

Q10: I want to travel the world. Can I do this?

  • Of course you can. We encourage it!
  • Check out Fellowship and Grant opportunities that can send you all over the world - either over the summer, a semester, or post-graduation.
  • Or, look at opportunities for Study Abroad through Washington and Lee. (Worried about cost? Your current Financial Aid can be applied to study abroad opportunities.)
  • Talk to Cindy Irby, Assistant Director and Study Abroad Advisor, at cirby@wlu.edu.
  • Check out the Study Abroad Fair (September 20, 11-3pm in Leyburn Library) to learn about all opportunities open to W&L students.
  • Check out the info session for Spring Term Abroad (October 11, 7:00pm in Stack House Theater) to learn more about experiencing Spring Term around the world.  

Q11: How can I get involved on campus - and build up my resume?

I Want To Start the Job Search

Q12: I know I want a job - but how do I get one?

Q13: I don't know if I'm ready for a job. How about internships? 

  • The answer is still Career Development. They can help you find a company, an industry, or an alumnus to get you the experience you need. 

I Have No Idea What I Want! Help!

Go ahead and check out all of the opportunities on this board.

If you are totally overwhelmed by everything you see here, come chat with me, Dean Simpson, about what your options and next steps are. We're here to help you find your way! Now is the perfect time to do what you want to do!