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Create Your Plan

Now is the time to plan to connect your academic interests with your experiences beyond the classroom, learn to reflect, share what you learn and apply it all to your ultimate goals.

To begin your plan, think about the possibilities year by year.  Select the number of years you are attending USC.

3 or 4 Year Plan

First Year: Explore & Engage

Begin to engage by choosing the best experiences for you.


Second and Third Years: Experience & Reflect

Engage more deeply and document your involvement. Reflect on your experiences, share your learning and adapt your plans as you go.
  • Engage in one or more experiential learning opportunities (ELO): work-related experience, study abroad, research, peer leadership and community service
  • Engage in fewer types of experiences to dig deeper in your area of greatest interest
  • Document what you are doing in class and beyond by uploading pictures, videos, papers and presentations (DropboxGoogle DriveiCloud)
  • Register your research projects in the OUR Research Registry
  • Take opportunities to lead in areas in which you have built experience
  • Visit Discover USC to see what others are presenting
  • Complete the Orientation for Graduation with Leadership Distinction and think about how you can fit UNIV 401 or a similar seminar into your senior year


Senior Year: Articulate & Demonstrate

Learn to tell your story.  Be ready to share the significance of who you are and what you know and can do in job interviews and graduate school applications.
  • Fully engage in capstone courses and experiences to demonstrate and articulate how learning and experiences have prepared you for the future (consider UNIV 401 for Graduation with Leadership Distinction)
  • Participate in a Mock Interview in the Career Center and get advice on polishing up your resume
  • Present on your experiential learning opportunity at Discover USC
  • Showcase your skills and accomplishments at college/department events or professional conferences
  • Create an ePortfolio to demonstrate who you are, what you know and can do and how you can contribute to your profession and community
2 Year Plan

First Year: Explore, Experience & Reflect

Choose and engage in the best experiences for you based on your past experience and future goals.  Reflect on what you are learning and document your experiences.

In your first semester: In your second semester:
  • Engage in an experiential learning opportunity (ELO) or plan for one in your senior year: work-related experience, study abroad, research, peer leadership or community service
  • Document what you are doing in class and beyond by uploading pictures, videos, papers and presentations (DropboxGoogle DriveiCloud)
  • Take opportunities to lead in areas in which you have built experience
  • Visit Discover USC to see what others are presenting
  • Complete the Orientation for Graduation with Leadership Distinction (GLD) and think about how you can fit UNIV 401 or a similar seminar into your senior year


Second Year: Articulate & Demonstrate

Learn to tell your story.  Be ready to share the significance of who you are, what you know and can do in job interviews and graduate school applications.
  • Fully engage in capstone courses and experiences to demonstrate and articulate how learning and experiences have prepared you for the future (consider UNIV 401 for GLD)
  • Participate in a Mock Interview in the Career Center and get advice on polishing up your resume
  • Present on your experiential learning opportunity at Discover USC
  • Showcase your skills and accomplishments at college/department events or professional conferences
  • Create an ePortfolio to demonstrate who you are, what you know and can do and how you can contribute to your profession and community