Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life


Second Year Success

Second Year Success Checklist

Below are various opportunities at Ohio State that we encourage you to engage with as means to live an extraordinary second year of college. We know from research that students who participate in these experiences are more likely to thrive.

You may or may not have completed some of the action steps on the list below. Regardless, we want you to know that you’re not alone and your residence hall staff is here to help you!

If you are involved in STEP, many of these experiences will also help you fulfill STEP requirements. For more information about STEP requirements, visit their website.

We recognize that your residence hall experience is a significant part of your success in year two. Therefore, if you are living with one or more upper-division students, we expect you to complete a Self-Guided Roommate Agreement by September 15. After conducting focus groups with second-year students, we learned that this activity is important for your wellness outside of the classroom, honors your previous living experiences, and creates an opportunity to practice difficult conversations. Please see your Resident Assistant (RA) or Community Assistant (CA) for the Self-Guided Roommate Agreement Form. Additional guiding questions for this conversation are located in an attachment on the right side of this webpage.  

Now is the time to maximize your potential and create an extraordinary second year of college!



  • Explore internships on the Buckeye Careers website
  • Prepare for and attend the Ohio State Career and Internship Fair on September 17-18, 2019 in the Ohio Union. For more information, visit this website.
    • Additional, major-specific job fairs are listed here
  • Gain relevant experience via an on-campus job.


  • Go to the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry or visit their website
  • Connect with a peer researcher here to learn more about their experience
  • Discuss your passion and qualifications for a position as a lab assistant with a current faculty member related to your field of study
  • Attend the Undergraduate Research Festival on November 18, 2019 (Fall) or March 31, 2019 (Spring) and engage with students to learn about different research options
  • Attend the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on March 3, 2020, and engage with students to learn about different research options.

Resume and Interviewing Skills


Community Service and Campus Organizations

  • Find a student organization that aligns with your values, interests, or goals here
  • Participate in civic engagement and community service opportunities that advance the well-being of the people of Ohio. In the process, you’ll become a more informed global citizen. Learn more here.
  • Explore Pay it Forward’s website for community service opportunities

DICE (Diversity, Intercultural, and Community Engagement Certificate Program)

Education Abroad

  • Attend the Education Abroad Expo on September 12, 2019, from 2 p.m.- 6pm in the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom. Visit their website for more information.
  • Attend a Getting Started session at the Office of International Affairs. To learn more, visit their website.

STEP (Second-Year Transformational Experience Program)

  • Review requirements of STEP here and complete a to-do list with due dates in consultation with your faculty mentor



Faculty Connections and Academic Advisor Support

  • Attend at least two faculty members’ office hours to discuss content not directly related to course material
    • Build a relationship, learn about their career path and research, discuss your college and career goals
  • Set up a one-on-one meeting with your academic advisor to consult about course selection, progress towards graduation and future career goals

Major Confirmation/Re-Selection

  • Take a career assessment inventory at Career Counseling and Support Service. Learn more here.
  • Shadow a professional in a career associated with the (new) major you are contemplating

Study Skills

  • Take advatage of second-year study tables and peer tutoring offered in the Residence Halls
  • Schedule a one-on-one academic coaching center at the Dennis Learning Center. Visit their website for more information.
  • Learn how to study smarter by participating in a Dennis Learning Center Workshop. Register here.


  • Schedule a coaching session with a Wellness Coach by emailing
  • Sleep at least 6.5 – 8 hours per night

Financial Wellness

  • Schedule an appointment with a financial coach by completing this form. Visit this website for more information.
  • Listen to the iTunes U Course, Student Personal Finance 101: Foundations here

Mental Health Wellness

  • Complete a Self-Guided Roommate Agreement by September 15. See your RA or CA for the form. Additional guiding questions for this conversation are located in an attachment on the right side of this webpage.
  • Utilize the OSUCCS mobile app and schedule an appointment with Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service. Learn more here.

Physical Wellness

  • Meet with a Nutrition Coach to discuss a healthy eating plan. Learn more here.
  • Complete a fitness assessment at the RPAC. Learn more here.
  • Take a group fitness class or join an intramural team with Student Life Recreational sports or exercise at one of their great facilities. Visit their website for more information.


  • Think about the following questions:
    • What opportunities on this list do you feel comfortable engaging with?
    • What experiences do you feel nervous about participating in? What support exists to help you feel more comfortable?
    • What are your strengths and accomplishments?
    • What are your focus areas for your second year?
    • Who can support you in achieving your goals? What campus resources may be beneficial?