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Second-Year Pillars

NC State intends to provide a set of intentional experiences that holistically supports the retention and success of second-year students as they continue to develop their curricular and co-curricular passions and purpose. There are Four Pillars that correlate with this mission.

The Pillars

Personal Exploration

How you choose to handle your relationships, based on your self-selected values, beliefs, interests, and understandings of how you fit in the world.

  • Investigate who you are individually and who you are in relation to the environment.
  • Reflect on experiences in various aspects of life such as self-identities, career goals, and relationships.
  • Explore activities related to self and the environment.

Shape Your Future

Being intentional about your short and long-term goals related to your professional and career development.

  • Acquire the capacity to problem-solve and seek support.
  • Prepare to effectively search, apply, and interview for jobs and/or graduate programs.
  • Identify academic goals and course schedules that support on-time graduation.

Global & Diverse Citizenship

Gaining cultural competence and appreciation of diverse communities on and off our campus. 

  • Learn how to seek coursework and experiences to develop global knowledge.
  • Interact with people and experiences beyond your usual sphere or comfort zone.
  • Contribute to communities while growing awareness of each student’s place in our interconnected world.

Community Engagement

Your positive connections and experiences that provide you with a sense of belonging to the university community..

  • Deepen the sense of belonging on campus.
  • Connect with peers and faculty in major and career fields.
  • Develop healthy interpersonal relationships.