Dean of Student Affairs

Sophomore January Program

Wednesday, January 14th – Sunday, January 18th, 2015
(Classes begin on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015)


The Sophomore year of college is one filled with challenges, decisions and transitions.  We hope that you will join with your classmates in this new opportunity to explore ways to navigate the remainder of your Sophomore year and your college years ahead.

Featuring the popular course organized by Paul Calhoun and featuring guest lecturers and artists, “Presenting The Brand Called Me”, the goals of the Sophomore January Program are:

In addition to the non-credit mini-course, the program will include sessions with members of the Career Development Center staff, alumni speakers invited to share their stories and the opportunity to enjoy activities with your classmates in the surrounding areas.

Sample Day

Time Event
8:00 am - 9:00 am BREAKFAST
9:30 am - 12:30 pm Mini-Non-Credit Court, Presenting The Brand Called Me
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm LUNCH
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Leadership Session
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm BREAK
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Career Development Session
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm DINNER
7:00 pm Evening Excursion/Free Time

Presenting The Brand Called Me-Mini course

The course is designed to improve your skills in presenting yourselves in a variety of situations.  Training in techniques used by actors and dancers—along with practical instruction in interviewing skills, networking and personal public relations—participants will engage with artists, professors and other community professionals throughout the mini-course.

Sophomore Experience Leadership Sessions

These sessions are designed to assist you in cultivating a greater awareness of personal beliefs and values; enhance your knowledge and competence in issues of social justice and deepen your understanding of personal and civic responsibilities.

Career and Personal Assessment Sessions

Working with our Career Development Center professionals and using a comprehensive assessment tool, you will increase your awareness of your characteristics, style and preferences that will help you as you make choices about career paths as well as assist you in navigating interpersonal relations.

Alumni Guest Speakers

Learn from Skidmore alumni stories how they made meaning of their Skidmore experience to attain their life and career goals.

Enjoy Saratoga Springs & Beyond – Excursions

Take advantage of the surrounding areas and enjoy socializing with your classmates!  Tubing, bowling, movies and much, much more!