Sophomore Experience

students outside the Campus Center

The Sophomore Year Experience includes programming and activities designed specifically to help students through their second year.  Research suggests that during the sophomore year, students may experience a period of confusion and uncertainty. There is a new set of stressors sophomores experience when they return to college. Unlike freshmen, sophomores receive less attention with regards to adjusting to college life and are expected to be familiar with how things work. The combined pressure to declare a major, find an internship and decide whether or not to study abroad may lead sophomores to fall into the sophomore slump. Sophomore slump is a decline in academic performance during a students’ second year of college. The following programs are provided to help students avoid the sophomore slump.    

Sophomore Plan

  • Academic Planning and Support
    • Identify academic major
    • Take advantage of the tutoring center, writing center, and library
    • Continue meeting with academic advisor
    • Make a personal connection with a faculty member
    • Visit professor's Office Hours
    • Contact faculty about assisting with research
  • Career Planning
    • Explore possible majors and careers 
    • Register for a career decision-making course for elective credit
    • Learn about and apply for internship opportunities
    • Search for volunteer opportunities
  • Involvement and Leadership Development
    • Become involved in Extracurricular activities
    • Participate in fun and free events
    • Become involved in your major organizations
    • Apply for leadership positions such as T.A.L.O.N.S or Student Ambassador
    • Run for a seat in Student Government
    • Explore Greek Life opportunities
    • Participate in sports
    • Attend at least one campus program or event each month
    • Participate in at least one multicultural event per month
    • Stay up to date with the campus calendar of events
  • Study Abroad
    • Visit a Study Abroad Advisor
    • Prepare to participate in a study abroad program
  • Taking Care of Business/Money Management
    • Work with a Financial Aid Counselor to be sure you are on track
    • Submit the FAFSA in January
    • Attend a financial literacy event each semester
  • Health and Wellness
    • Make an appointment with Student Health for physical and mental wellness
    • Engage in chosen self-care activities on or off campus