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Steps for Success

The following is a year-by-year guide to help you make the most of your advising experience at Biola.

Freshman Year

  • Get to know your assigned academic advisor through required advising.
  • Understand and complete the advising and registration process utilizing degree audit and myaccount.biola.edu.
  • Identify faculty expectations for appointments, classroom engagement and expressing concerns.
  • Gather information about and experiential (academic service and cross-cultural) learning opportunities, including study abroad.
  • Discover opportunities to be involved on campus (multi-ethnic programs, SCORR conference, leadership certificate program, student clubs, etc.).
  • Explore gifts and interests through Career Development assessments.
  • Take time to reflect on the connections between your academic learning and your spiritual journey because it’s not unusual for students to experience challenges studying the Bible in an academic setting.
  • Identify examples of the integration of faith and learning in core (general education and Bible) and major courses.
  • Process important things you are learning with your fellow Biola students. Research shows that you are more likely to develop leadership skills if you are engaged in deep (socio-cultural) conversations with peers.

Sophomore Year

  • Strengthen your relationships with faculty. Take a faculty member (hopefully your advisor) to coffee and ask them about their journey personally, spiritually, and vocationally and their passion for integration in their field.
  • Develop a graduation plan (be sure to consider pre-requisites, course offerings by semester, electives, study abroad, research opportunities, writing-intensive courses, internships, etc).
  • Connect an understanding of vocation and calling to your academic decisions and educational experiences in and beyond your future career.
  • Discuss career options and objectives: determine internships, graduate school preparation, professional organizations, create or improve your resume.
  • Arrange and complete your first internship or experiential (academic service or cross-cultural) learning opportunity.
  • Make decisions about research opportunities, practicum, graduate school options and requirements.

Junior Year

  • Ask a faculty member or another individual (Biola staff or alumni, professional mentor, etc.) to meet with you several times during the year to discuss important future decisions.
  • Strengthen the heart and head connections in your academic experiences; consider individual spiritual direction or pastoral care.
  • Develop your interviewing and networking skills.
  • Complete a cross-cultural learning experience (study abroad, international internship, internship in a diverse work environment, diversity/global learning courses, etc.)
  • Finalize the Writing Competency Requirement for your program.
  • Complete your graduation petition.

Senior Year

  • Reflect on your Biola experience in a conversation with your advisor.
  • Meet with the Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar.
  • Finalize job and/or graduate school applications.
  • Schedule a mock interview with Career Development.
  • Build and utilize a network of individuals who will be helpful to your next steps professionally.
  • Secure post-graduation employment.
  • Reflect on how your educational experience has impacted your understanding of vocation. The Integration Seminar (BBST 465) may be a helpful tool in this process.