Sophomore year is infamous for being the year that college students experience the “slump”. The glitz and glam of freshman year is over. You don’t get welcomed back to school with orientation and a million welcome week events. Classes also get more challenging and sophomores may find themselves taking on more units. They can often feel ignored, unimportant or just plain bored! This can cause them to fall into what is lovingly referred to as the “sophomore slump”.
Here are some tips to make sure to that you make the most of your college years…even your sophomore year!
Get involved in student leadership.
This is one of the biggest things that helped me avoid the sophomore slump. There are so many opportunities to get involved in student leadership on college campuses. For me, it was being an RA, but there is also orientation leaders, activities, coordinators, student government…the list goes on and on!
Student leadership helps you get involved and help others, while meeting new people and gaining super valuable experience that looks great on your resume! For me, getting involved in student leadership was one of the best decision that I have ever made.
Take care of yourself.
Sophomore year is tricky because classes get harder and you have less time for fun and doing the things that you like to do. Making time for fun is so important and it’s a big part of self-care, which unfortunately is one of the first things that go down the drain when students get stressed.
Take the time to some that YOU enjoy, whether it be trying a new a local coffee shop, browsing Target by yourself or going out for a drink with a couple friends. A little self-care can go a long way!
Most likely, you chose to live with a group of your best and closest friends during your sophomore year. This is fantastic and I highly recommend it, but unfortunately it comes with a cost. During sophomore year, many students stay in their own little bubble and don’t seek out other relationships outside of their living area. If you do this, you miss out on so many great friendships and relationships that you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Go attend campus events. Get a job on campus. Join a club. Play intramural sports. Whatever it takes for you to branch out of your comfort zone and experience something new and different than what you are used to!
Don’t be one more sophomore who has fallen prey to the “slump”. Take charge of your life and your college experience. After all…college doesn’t last forever!