Congratulations on becoming a sophomore! You successfully navigated the trials and tribulations of the freshman year of college and emerged victorious!
Although you already have some success under your belt, the sophomore year in college brings with it some new challenges and, sometimes, stressors. According to research on college students, sophomores often face some uncertainty or confusion during their sophomore year. This is sometimes even called “the Sophomore Slump”. Sophomores often ask themselves questions on the following topics:
Career Goals and Major
Why am I in college? Am I in the right major? Can I be successful in this major? What are the job prospects once I graduate? What can I do while in school to increase my chances of getting a job in my chosen field once I graduate?
Academic Success and Progression
Am I on track for completing my degree on time: Am I keeping up with all of the course-related and other requirements for graduation? Am I earning grades that will be impressive to future employers when they review my transcript?
Time and Stress Management
Why do I frequently feel overwhelmed with all I have to do? Why can’t I find time to relax? Why am I not having as much fun as last year?
Will I have enough funds to finish college? Will all of this money I am spending on college be worth it in the end? If I needs loans to help with college expenses, how much should I borrow and how will I repay the loans? Should I get/keep a job to help with expenses?
Activities and Involvement
Who are these people I hang out with and do they have the same goals as I do? How do I make new friends or learn to network with people who have similar interests and goals? Am I taking full advantage of the opportunities to get involved in activities offered by USC Aiken?
If you have asked yourself any of these questions, it is good to know that you are not alone. Sophomores across the country have these same questions and doubts. What is important is that you work to find answers to these questions. Fortunately, USC Aiken provides a lot of resources to help you answer those questions. This web page is designed to introduce you to some of those resources.
I hope that you will take advantage of the many opportunities that USC Aiken provides and that you will soon be able to say that you are a confident sophomore who is working diligently on becoming a college junior!
Wishing you all the best,
Dr. Deb (Kladivko)