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A world of opportunities are available during your freshman year. To help you make the most of it, fill out the checklist below and record your progress.
Get into UT Dallas.
Meet with academic advisor during Freshman Orientation for major and/or core curriculum information and for registration.
Refer to the Academic Calendar and your academic advisor for dates and time limits for dropping or adding classes.
Begin working with advisor toward career and job exploration.
Undeclared students begin work toward major discovery.
Meet with advisor concerning any problems or issues.
For assistance in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills visit the Student Success Center.
Meet with pre-professional advisors if pre-health or pre-law.
Meet with advisor to set spring course schedule and register.
Academic Excellence Scholarship students on spring probation meet with advisor as required.
Begin to identify faculty with similar interests.
Meet with advisor for summer and/or fall registration and for off-campus summer course approval.
Schedule a McDermott Library Tour.
Students with a documented disability needing academic accommodations, contact the office of Student AccessAbility.
Set up a CometCareers account and post a resume.
Explore interests, abilities, and skills through academic courses.
Participate in workshops for career decision making.
Take hardcopy career assessments or use online career planning software (ex. SIGI3, eChoicesCT).
Schedule an appointment with a Career Center Counselor to explore majors and career titles.
Explore part-time and summer work opportunities.
Attend career seminars. "How To Write A Professional Resume" and "How To Interview" are just two of the many seminars offered. See the events page for a list of upcoming seminars.
Build rapport with professors.
Talk to people in careers of particular interest; inquire about daily activity.
Determine ability to pass a drug test.
Purchase professional business attire for future career events and/or interviews.
Attend freshman orientation and either Comet Camp or Success Camp.
Invite family to attend Family Day.
Join Road Warriors or the Residence Hall Association.
Attend at least one campus program or event a month.
Participate in varsity, club or intramural sports.
Participate in Summer Reading Program activities.
Participate in at least one multicultural event.
Join a Student Leadership Program.
Consider applying for leadership positions such as OTM, PA, Ambassador, or First-Year Leader for sophomore year.
Consider running for freshmen seats in Student Government.
Become a member of a student organization(s).
Attend at least one leadership development workshop, retreat, or program.
Participate in at least one student volunteer opportunity.
Go on an Alternative Spring Break trip.
Participate in an Experience Dallas event.
Visit the Comet Center to purchase discount tickets to off-campus movies, museums, and other activities.
Stay in the know with Radio UTD, The UTD Mercury, UTD TV and the Comet Calendar.
Participate in the Study Abroad Fair.
Visit the Office of International Education (OIE) to learn about UTD international mobility: study abroad, exchange programs, internships, independent studies, research, or customized programs (Faculty Led Programs).
Visit OIE web page to learn about scholarships, health and safety related issues, and institutional protocol.
Meet with professors and OIE advisor to discuss the inclusion of international education into your curriculum.
Increase your foreign language skills.
Deadlines to submit Office of International Education protocol for future study abroad travel: utdallas.edu/oie/dip.html
Use the FAFSA4caster to explore financial aid options and get an early estimate of aid you may be eligible to receive.
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January.
Check the UT Dallas Scholarship website for institutional scholarships you may be eligible to receive.
Research potential third-party scholarships.
Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor.
Create a personal budget.
Don’t succumb to credit card offers just because someone is giving away free stuff. Do your research and get educated.
Decide whether you will renew or apply for housing next semester.
Decide if you want to buy a meal plan as a sophomore.
Don’t forget to pick up your free DART pass.
Make an appointment with the Student Health Center for care and treatment for acute illnesses and minor injures. Office visits are FREE, minimal charges for lab, procedures and medications.
Get your free Flu shot during the Fall Flu Shot Session.
Call to schedule an appointment with the Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner for your special health needs.
Participate in Student Wellness Programs and "Healthy Comets"
Become familiar with and learn from the Don’t Be That Guy program.
Schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center for assistance in achieving emotional well-being necessary to success.
Visit the Counseling Center’s Personal Development Library for books, brochures, video and audio tapes on a wide range of topics related to personal growth.
Attend the Successful Student Workshops series sponsored by the Counseling Center during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Take advantage of Activity Center facilities and programs.
Attend International Student Orientation. Learn how to get started as a UT Dallas International Student.
Attend International Student Leadership Training. Learn how to be successful in the American classroom, how to make American friends, how to make connections with international and American students, etc.
Join the American Friendship Partner program, connect monthly with an American student.
Participate in community activities designed to develop your comfort level with spoken English.
Become a member of Global Village.
Attend an ISSO cultural trip (Texas State Fair, Six Flags, Dallas Museum of Art, etc).
Attend ISSO tax workshop, learn how to file a US tax return.
Attend International Week Events, including Passport to the World and the International Student Talent Show.
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