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Student Success

For Sophomores

CNU's second-year programming aims to help you succeed by providing opportunities to foster meaningful campus connections, to enhance a sense of belonging and to connect current experiences with future goals.

You may find that your second year is a time of exploration, maybe more so than your first year of college. Here are some of the questions you might have this year:

  • What major will I declare at Signing Day in February?
  • How can I get involved? How can I get more involved? How can I develop my leadership skills?
  • What do I want to do with my life? What can I do with a degree in my major?
  • Do I want to study abroad? Where do I want to study abroad? How can I afford to study abroad?
  • How do I get involved with research on campus? How do I find professors with research interests that match mine? How do I start a conversation with a professor about research?
  • Why are internships important? When should I start thinking about internships? I hear internships are important, but I don’t know what I want do – should I still get an internship?
  • Am I the only one who feels the way I do?
  • Am I the only one who feels like I’m struggling more this year than I did last year?
  • How can I improve my grades? How can I improve my study skills? How should I study?

Second-year programming can help you navigate all of these questions to help you have your best year possible. We hope to provide you with a variety of opportunities to engage with other second-year students with similar questions this year and to provide you resources on campus to help you answer your questions.

Second-Year Monthly Newsletters

Second-year students will receive a monthly, theme newsletter via your CNU email address.

Signing Day

All second-year students officially declare their major!

In February, all academic departments will be present in the DSU Ballroom. All second-year students will come dressed for success, signed on the dotted line and meet their professors and fellow students within their newly declared major.

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