Second-Year: Affirming Decisions

The Westfield State Experience

Explore the possibilities for your future with individualized guidance to help you align goals, aspirations and careers with curricular and extracurricular activities.


Having a hard time selecting a major? Declared a major, but not sure if it's right for you? Not sure which majors and extracurricular activities prepare you for which careers?  The second year is a great time to reflect on choices about your major, your career and how to get there. During this year, we'll help you start planning for whether and when you might study abroad, take on an internship, do a research project, or pursue a hands-on civic engagement opportunity. We'll help you answer these questions by identifying your passion and confirming a major and career as you plan for the pathway to success.

Emerging Leaders

The 2nd year of Emerging Leaders offers workshops and personal development focused primarily on the National Society of Leadership and Success model. Build on your first-year experience with opportunities for leadership positions around campus. In the spring, those students who complete the Emerging Leaders series of programs are inducted into the NSLS Society at a formal celebration ceremony.

Career Development

Academic planning to career readiness workshops teach you how to prepare your resume or CV, and begin to prepare for graduate school or employment. Second-year students will be invited to join with faculty and the Career Center to explore options.

Career Spot

Take an online course that covers the eight competencies established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in conjunction with the employer community across the U.S. to find your strengths and weaknesses and help you improve your professional competencies in preparation for your career.

Professional Readiness Conference

A three-day conference for 2nd year students (free of charge). Topics will cover basic professional skills. Alumni will be invited to participate as mentors and career contacts at the conference, and several tracks will be offered including tracks based on your college study and a general career readiness track.

Micro Internships

Following the Professional Readiness Conference, second-year student participants will have the chance to practice the skills they have learned on a time-limited (2-3 week) project or office micro-internship with a feedback and education component.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are designed to offer students who share common educational, social, or extracurricular interest in the opportunity to live together in one of the residence halls. Residents who live in their requested LLC will explore their passions with a cohort of students who share similar interests/experiences.

Second Year Mentors for Orientation

Take the opportunity to mentor 1st year students within their chosen major; one 2nd year student from each major will attend New Student Orientation and meet with students during academic breakouts to talk about what it means to be a student in that major.



I didn’t expect to love Westfield State, but the close-knit community is ideal for me. Student government and theatre keep me running—I’ve been in every show since I arrived, and I’m class president next year. I practically live at Ely! Next semester, I hope to sleep more.