Distinguishing Yourself

Your scholarly options as an undergraduate are plentiful.

That being said, much depends upon your willingness to take the initiative early and often. From the very outset of your education, it's imperative that you:

  • Attend lectures, seminars, and speaker series within your field and areas of general interest.
  • Go beyond the basic reading required in your courses (e.g., read journals in your field).
  • Participate in leadership or service activities that you're passionate about.
  • Pursue summer opportunities such as internships, volunteer programs, and travel.

Scholarly pursuits are not limited or tied to coursework. Your academic and professional interests can be combined with personal pursuits in profitable, interesting, and beneficial ways. The possibilities are endless.

No matter what you're interested in and no matter what your academic or career goals, make sure you take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you.

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