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.
Common Questions Answered
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?
- Just click here. It's that easy!
Q3: Where do I find fellowship/grant opportunities?
- Go to the Student Opportunities page. Search program type "Grant or Fellowship." Narrow down search results according to your personal preferences.
- Have more questions? Contact Gwyn Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can also check out Johnson Opportunity Grants (for non-Johnson scholars) and Student Summer Independent Research for more options.
Q4: How do I know if grad school is right for me?
- Start considering it as soon as possible! If you are thinking of going to graduate school, you should be thinking about ideas for your senior thesis during junior year.
- Is grad school right for you? Find out here.
- Is law school right for you? Find out here.
- Most importantly, talk with your faculty advisor to see what options are open to you and discuss your concerns.
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.
- Have more questions? Contact Lisa Alty, AltyL@wlu.edu
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.
- Have more questions? Contact Lorri Olan, email@example.com
Q7: How about the GMAT, GRE, etc?
Q8: How can I get research opportunities?
- Click here for a list of research opportunities through W&L.
- Or here for a broader list of research opportunities all over the world.
Q9: Where can I find volunteering opportunities?
- Get involved in the W&L community through service learning and volunteering.
- Interested? Contact Linda Cummings, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get involved in service or volunteer opportunities in Lexington and the Nabors Service League.
- Interested? Contact Jenny Davidson, email@example.com
- Have you heard about the Bonner Program?
- Interested? Contact Marissa Charley, firstname.lastname@example.org
- What about the Burrish Internship Program, for after-school programs in local schools?
- Interested? Contact Dr. Haley Sigler, email@example.com
- How about volunteering to teach English?
- Interested? Contact Ellen Mayock, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Looking for health profession volunteering?
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 email@example.com.
- 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?
- Join one of the 100+ student organizations on campus. They want YOU.
- Attend the Student Activities Fair! It's not just for First Years, you can sign up for clubs - and get some swag while you're at it!
- Check out some of the centers and programs on campus, such as the Shepherd Poverty Program, the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship and the Mudd Center for Ethics.
Q12: I know I want a job - but how do I get one?
- Career Development is your best friend. They'll help you with your resume, do mock interviews, and even set you up with the alumni network.
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.
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!