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Sound familiar?

“I have no idea what I want to do with my life.”

“Being a second-year student really isn’t that different from being a first-year student.”

“I’m only a second-year student, so I don’t really need to be thinking about graduation yet.”

Your second year of college may not seem much different than your first year, and yet it is. During your first year you’re really getting your feet under you- you learn about the campus, you make friends, you go to classes.

As a second-year, you’re completing your general education classes and beginning to get further into your major curriculum.  Or perhaps you haven’t chosen a major yet, and you’re trying to figure out what you want to do with your life so that you don’t continue to take general education classes.  With three years of college still to come, it may feel like you have a ton of time to make decisions, but by the end of this year you’ll be halfway through your college career!

While it may seem scary, the reality is that the choices that you make now can shape your college experience.  If you want to study abroad you generally have to plan at least a year in advance.  If you want to be a student leader, you’ll first need to get involved as a member of a student organization.  If you want to get meaningful work experience it may take some time to work your way up from the bottom.

While you are focused on figuring out who you are and what you want to do with your life, special attention and services will be available to assist you.  Through a variety of programs, as well as one-on-one meetings, the SYE will help you to connect with resources to help you do well academically, identify a major or career path, build your resume, identify internship or co-op opportunities, get involved in service opportunities, and much more.

Some issues and concerns that we specifically help second-year students address:


Contact Information

Second Year Experience
133 York Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-6770 | Fax: 207-581-4255E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System