Next Steps for Sophomores

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Next Steps for Sophomores: A Year of Reflection and Planning

The Next Steps for Sophomores is a series of events designed to help sophomores make the most of their Luther experience as preparation for a successful, fulfilling, well-lived life.


  • Look backward to reflect on how they have grown through the first year of college
  • Look inward to refine their understanding of their strengths, values and goals
  • Look forward to plan a Luther experience that will best merge their strengths, values and goals

The Next Steps for Sophomores began with a kickoff day Monday Aug. 29, 2016, and will continue with an experiential learning event on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

All Luther first-year and sophomore students are invited to the Quality Initiative event, "Next StepsExperiential Learning," from 1-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, where a $500 award will be presented to a Luther sophomore and the January Term 2018 courses will be revealed. Cookies and cocoa will be served. Register online at Read all the details below!

"Next Steps," an event highlighting study abroad, internship and research opportunities at Luther, will be held in Valders Hall of Science. There is no charge to attend "Next Steps."

The event begins at 1 p.m. with a welcome and introduction of three recent Luther graduates who will work with students throughout the afternoon. Three breakout sessions will follow led by graduates, Rachel Barclay, Luther class of 2011; Donald Lee-Brown, Luther class of 2013; and Gabe Saemisch, Luther class of 2016.

Following the breakout sessions, the January Term 2018 course reveal will be held, as well as the announcement of the $500 award to the Photo Reflection Contest winner. Current Luther sophomores who travel with a J-term course in 2017 are eligible; submissions must include an image taken while studying abroad and a 50-word reflection on the most memorable or life-changing part of the experience. Students are asked to submit a photo reflection to the Center for Global Learning[email protected].edu, by Sunday, Jan. 29. For more information, contact the Center for Global Learning(563) 387-1062.The afternoon will conclude with a poster/multimedia session on study abroad, research and internships presented by current Luther students.

Late registration will be taken the day of the event from 12:30-1 p.m.