Sophomore Year Experience (SYE)

Williams’ Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) Program aims to empower sophomores to excel through providing opportunities to enhance academic and professional success, sense of belonging, engagement with faculty, overall wellness, and community citizenship and leadership.

During the second year of college, students begin to take on added responsibilities and make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. Many sophomores struggle with major declaration, career indecision, and social acclimation, while pursuing efforts in Study Away, civic engagement, organizational involvement and class connection.

SYE will serve as a roadmap throughout this process. Working together with the Sophomore Ambassadors and the Sophomore Class Council we hope to provide unique opportunities for sophomores to engage with Williams throughout the year.

Sophomore Ambassadors 

What is a Sophomore Ambassador? Great question! This new premier leadership role will be occupied by 6-8 current student leaders who will serve as liaisons, assist with programming, and perform different duties/tasks to promote SYE events on campus. SAs will represent SYE at events, and across campus. These dynamic individuals will have input on what programs are offered and how to best serve current sophomores on campus.
Sophomore Ambassador time commitments include:
  • training required (four sessions)
  • sophomore retreat attendance required
  • four hours/month programming attendance required
  • monthly meetings
  • Deadlines

    November 15 - Last day to meet with Contract Major Advisor
    November 18 - Last day to withdraw from a course/designate pass/fail
    November 29 - Last day to claim exam hardship

    Oct. 25: 7 PM Study Away General Info Session- Paresky

    November 1: 6-8 PM Etiquette Dinner- Faculty House (register here)

    November 14-18 International Education Week

    November 16: 5-6 PM  Study Away Reflections - Dodd Living Room 

  • Programs

    Second Days: Occurring on Convocation day the fall semester, this all day program will consist of social and academic involvements aimed at providing sophomores the motivation to get involved, some necessary information for thinking forward to their junior year, and an opportunity to reconnect with classmates.
    M&Ms: Monthly opportunities to meet with various constituents on/off campus (faculty, staff, upperclassmen, alumni) from a variety of disciplines, to learn, meet, mingle, and munch.


STAFF:  Dr. Rashanda Booker, Assistant Dean of the College and Dean of Sophomore Year Experience

Dean Booker advises all students on all matters pertaining to the Williams experience. She is particularly charged with leading the college’s work in supporting the academic and extracurricular success of sophomore students. She oversees the planning and coordination of programming for the Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) throughout the year, ranging from the 'Second Days' to workshops and events in collaboration with various departments at the college.
You may also request an appointment with Dean Booker by contacting the Dean’s Office x4171.