In college, there’s no year quite like sophomore year. Sophomore year is the year that you’re no longer the new kid, and you’re somewhat familiar with campus, you’ve gotten to know a few professors, and you’re finding your way in the world. Let’s explore all the experiences only available to sophomores.
Finding Your Groove
Sophomore year is all about getting settled into the swing of things. Freshmen year gave you the chance to learn how to navigate college. Sophomore year gives you the opportunity to thrive. Balancing study time, work, your class schedule, and your social life should be getting a little easier which makes the college experience far more enjoyable.
This year is a good time to take on more challenges, within reason. You’ve figured out the groove of things; now it’s time to spread your wings a little. Just be careful not to take on more than you can handle. Know your limits, but don’t be afraid to start new relationships, take on an internship, or push yourself in extracurricular activities.
It is not uncommon for college students to get better grades during their sophomore year than they did their freshman year. By sophomore year, most students learn how to study, how to understand their professors’ instructions, and how to handle conflicts with work, social life, and school life. This is the year to put even more effort into your studies because you are now better equipped to handle the challenge.
If you have already declared your major, sophomore year is the time to start putting in an extra effort toward building a professional relationship with your professors and instructors. Participate actively in class, schedule time to discuss your papers with your professors, and do your best to make the grade. Don’t be afraid to email, or approach your professors after class to clarify questions that were not clarified during the lecture.
Make sure to keep these relationships professional. Do not get too personal on details about your life or your professors’ lives.
If you have not declared your major, sophomore year is still a good time to build professional relationships with all of your teachers and instructors. It is also an excellent opportunity to make serious inquiries into different major programs at your college to find a good fit for you. You need to declare your major soon because some programs are time sensitive and a delay in declaring can delay your graduation date.
Be Wary of Pride
Some sophomores feel like they are getting into a steady rhythm so they are fully functional and know everything there is to know about college, and handling life as an adult. This thinking pattern is poor judgment. While it is true that, as a sophomore, you are finding your own rhythm and having more success in handling your life, you have so much more to learn.
Be humble. Take advice from your parents and friends who have been there. Listen to your professors and teachers, and watch your attitude. Arrogance results in destruction. So, take a deep breath, be poud of your accomplishments and get ready to learn more than you have ever learned in your life.
Sophomore year is one of the best years of college. You are no longer the scared new student on a great big campus. You are now getting used to college, and you can start truly enjoying all the ups and downs college has to offer. Keep pushing yourself forward toward success. This is the time to start really navigating college, and your whole lfie.