Fall Semester Programming

St. Louis Excursions

Thank you for participating in Second Year Experience! We hope you were able to make the most of your semester. 

    Past excursions:

    • September 17th:  Balloon Glow, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    • September 28th: Cardinals Game, 6:45 PM – 10:00 PM
    • October 2nd: Aquarium  and Wheel, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    • October 28th: St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    • November 6th: Private Screening of Marvel’s Eternals, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    • November 14th: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 3:00 PM – 4:45 PM
    • December 4th: Ice Skating at Steinberg Skating Rink, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    For questions, contact Rachel Iverson, First Year Center Assistant Program Coordinator 

    Classroom Connections

    Topic-Based Sessions

    For the topic-based sessions, faculty host a session based on a topic. Students can sign up to attend a session if they are interested in discussing the topic. These sessions are available to all sophomore students, regardless if they are taught by the professor.

    Course-Based Sessions

    Faculty who teach large, introductory courses can sign-up to host a course-based session of Classroom Connections. All sophomore students in the Professor’s courses receive an email invitation to sign up to meet with a faculty member and a small group of their classmates. 

    Check your email during the academic year for opportunities to sign up!

    For questions, please contact Miranda Kroeger, First Year Center Administrative Coordinator

    Strengths Academy

    The Sophomore Strengths Academy helps students learn how to leverage their strengths in a variety of situations. Through the workshop, students will identify their individual strengths and learn how to utilize them during their academic and professional development, familiarize themselves with Career Center resources, and connect with professional staff in Campus Life and Career Center. 

    October Sessions:

    • October 6th, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Simon I (May Auditorium) 
    • October 18th, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, McMillan G052
    • October 26th, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Simon I (May Auditorium) 

    October registration has closed. 

    November Sessions:

    • November 2nd, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Simon I (May Auditorium) 
    • November 9th,  6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Simon I (May Auditorium)

    November registration has closed. 

    For questions, contact Mandy Curtis, Department Coordinator for Campus Life, and Ahmar Ursani, Career Center Assistant Director of Career Development. Hosted by Campus Life and the Career Center.

    What the Lou Series

    What the Lou Series supports sophomore students experiencing their community. Over the course of five weeks, students will have the opportunity to explore their passions, establish their priorities for services, and be able to live their values through service. If you have an interest in serving or see service as a career pathway, this experience will support both interests. Participants will be emailed a confirmation of their RSVP with further details every Friday prior to the Saturday event.

    • September 18th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
      • Women’s Building Formal Lounge
      • In this foundational session, students will meet to connect with other sophomores interested in community engagement and service. We will set the stage for the Saturday series with a focus on UN Sustainable Global Goals, consider how we can enter new communities with curiosity and humility, and dig into some narratives about St. Louis. This Saturday session is required in order to attend any subsequent sessions.
    • September 25th, 10:00 AM bus pick-up – 3:00 PM bus drop-off
      • Join us for a half-day immersion in Old North, St. Louis. We will engage in thoughtful conversation with community members, learn more about a local St. Louis neighborhood, and listen to perspectives and stories about what it means to be a member of this larger community. Lunch at a local restaurant included.
    • October 2nd, 10:00 AM bus pick-up – 2:00 PM bus drop-off
      • If you’re interested in mentoring and youth development, this session is for you! During our time together, we will volunteer at a local YMCA branch and learn about some of the mentoring and tutoring efforts throughout the region.
    • October 16th, 10:00 AM bus pick-up – 2:00 PM bus drop-off
      • This session focuses on the intersections of health and wellness and sustainability. We will visit a local nonprofit organization focused on making St. Louis a greener city.
    • October 23rd, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
      • Come connect with campus and community partners from across the region! Sign-up for opportunities available and attend topical panel sessions of your choosing ranging from advocacy efforts to tutoring and working with kids.

    For questions, contact Jessica Eagen, Campus Y Executive Director. What the Lou Series is hosted by Campus Y, Campus Life, and the Gephardt Institute.

    Academic Programming

    Arts & Sciences

    • September 27th – 29th: Study Abroad Showcase
      • Overseas Programs is excited to once again host their annual Fall Study Abroad Showcase (virtually!). With program options in over 60 countries around the world, join Overseas Programs and partners to learn of semester, academic year and/or summer study abroad opportunities available to WashU students. Visit https://sites.wustl.edu/overseasprograms/ for the schedule of events. 
    • September 27th – October 1st: Undergraduate Research Week
      • This week of virtual events will include our annual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium as a venue for students to present their research to the greater WashU community. The symposium will open September 27th and run concurrently with panels and workshops. Visit our website to learn more and to register, or students can sign up here to be part of our mailing list to get tips, tricks, and all the latest details about Undergraduate Research Week. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. 
    • September 29th: Arts & Sciences Major Decision Workshop, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
      • This event is for Arts & Sciences sophomores only. Arts & Sciences sophomores still choosing a major are invited to a Zoom-based Major Decision Workshop with a College Dean, a Career Advisor, and an upper-class student. Please register for the Zoom link.
    • October 14th: Arts & Sciences Major Decision Workshop, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
      • This event is for Arts & Sciences sophomores only. Arts & Sciences sophomores still choosing a major are invited to a Zoom-based Major Decision Workshop with a College Dean, a Career Advisor, and an upper-class student. Please register to receive a Zoom link.
    • October 25th – 28th: Arts & Sciences Major-Minor Fair
      • Held virtually. ArtSci students can explore the major and minor options offered by the College of Arts & Sciences. Students from all divisions interested in a second major or minor in Arts & Sciences are welcome! 

    Olin Business School

    • September 27th – 29th: Study Abroad Showcase
      • Overseas Programs is excited to once again host their annual Fall Study Abroad Showcase (virtually!). With program options in over 60 countries around the world, join Overseas Programs and partners to learn of semester, academic year and/or summer study abroad opportunities available to WashU students. Visit https://sites.wustl.edu/overseasprograms/ for the schedule of events.  
    • September 27th – October 1st: Undergraduate Research Week 
      • This week of virtual events will include our annual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium as a venue for students to present their research to the greater WashU community. The symposium will open September 27th and run concurrently with panels and workshops. Visit our website to learn more and to register, or students can sign up here to be part of our mailing list to get tips, tricks, and all the latest details about Undergraduate Research Week. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. 

    McKelvey School of Engineering

    • September 27th – 29th: Study Abroad Showcase
      • Overseas Programs is excited to once again host their annual Fall Study Abroad Showcase (virtually!). With program options in over 60 countries around the world, join Overseas Programs and partners to learn of semester, academic year and/or summer study abroad opportunities available to WashU students. Visit https://sites.wustl.edu/overseasprograms/ for the schedule of events. 
    • September 27th – October 1st: Undergraduate Research Week 
      • This week of virtual events will include our annual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium as a venue for students to present their research to the greater WashU community. The symposium will open September 27th and run concurrently with panels and workshops. Visit our website to learn more and to register, or students can sign up here to be part of our mailing list to get tips, tricks, and all the latest details about Undergraduate Research Week. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. 

    Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

    • September 27th – October 1st: Undergraduate Research Week 
      • This week of virtual events will include our annual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium as a venue for students to present their research to the greater WashU community. The symposium will open September 27th and run concurrently with panels and workshops. Visit our website to learn more and to register, or students can sign up here to be part of our mailing list to get tips, tricks, and all the latest details about Undergraduate Research Week. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. 

    2SAs

    2SA Hours

    Join your 2SA’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM for grab-and-go snacks, iced coffee, games, and conversation! Upcoming 2SA Hours will be held at the DUC Fun Room. 

    You can also join virtually;  Meeting ID: 945 7479 2417; Passcode: 2SAHOURS

    No 2SA Hours will be held on  November 23rd or November 25th.

    If you’re attending the Ice Skating Excursion on December 4th, ticket pick-up will be on November 30th and December 2nd at 2SA Hours from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 

    Meet your 2SAs!

    Marley and Hasan – Tuesdays

    Katye and Sam – Tuesdays

    Justin and Katie – Thursdays

    Lori and Noor – Thursdays

    What is a 2SA?

    The 2SA position (Two-SAH), or Second-Year Student Associate, is a semester-long student leader role that focuses on engaging with and supporting second-year students with their academic and social activities at WashU.

    Programming Calendar