Conversation Starters for Sophomore Advisers

For Sophomore Advisers

How did you spend your summer?

Reflecting back on your first year, how did it go?  What went well?  What would you have done differently?  

Were your first-year grades what you expected?  Were you pleased with your grades and, if not, why not?

Which course(s) did you look forward to attending, and why? 

Which course(s) were your least favorites, and why? 

What did you learn last year about Yale?  Academics?  College life? Yourself? 

What are your goals for this semester? Are you still interested in ________________? 

What is your thinking, after one year, about a potential major? 

How do you plan to approach shopping this fall? Will you do anything differently, as opposed to last year?

How many courses do you plan to shop? 

Which courses are you thinking about taking this semester? Why? 

How many credits will you take? 

Do you have a mix of large and small courses?  Seminars and lectures?  Graded assignments, with a variety of due dates?

Let’s take a look at your distributional requirements: those that you fulfilled last year, and those you’ll potentially fulfill this year.  

Please explain your schedule to me: which classes you are taking, why you are taking them, and how they fit into your time at Yale.

Why do you want to study _______?

Let’s take a look at how this schedule will help you fulfill your sophomore distributional requirements.

Did you participate in extra-curricular activities last year?  Do you plan to continue?

Are you satisfied with your room assignment?  Your suitemates?

Have you thought about doing research this year? Study abroad during term-time or over a summer?

[For mid-semester] Have you begun to make any personal connections with any of your professors? With the DUS of your probable major?