Surviving the Sophomore Slump
You made it through your freshman year. You found some friends, learned the best places to eat on and off campus, and discovered what it is like to be in charge of yourself for maybe the first time in your life.
What’s next? The dreaded sophomore slump.
This is when many college students get close to a mental breakdown. You are dealing with the first courses in your major and greater homework load and test pressure. You are rushing to a shift at your minimum-wage job while trying to decide if you should go out with your friends tonight or stay in and have another night of watching movies and eating corn dogs. You look back on that freshman year and it looks like the easiest year of your life.
It’s time to put on your big boy pants and get to work.
1. Go to Class
Day in and out, this is the most important thing you can do in college.
Skipping class can have its appeal, but we all know skipping one day of class can quickly turn into two days, then three, four, and so on and so on.
Class is, of course, not something you’re excited about going to, especially if it collides with your nap/eating schedule. But going to class consistently always helps when it comes to passing. It will help your relationship with your professor, too.
I guarantee at the end of the semester your professor knows who has been absent and who has been attending. That will, in turn, help you out if you are looking to get a bump in your grade at the end of the semester. Being in class every day is something I recommend strongly.
2. Get Involved
Sitting in your room waiting on something to happen is basically buying a plane ticket to go back home.
Surviving the sophomore slump means getting out of your room/dorm hall and meeting new people. One way to do that is helping out with something somewhere on campus.
Angelo State University, for one, has a lot of amazing student organizations that help this college thrive. The best part about getting involved is the connections you can make, from friends you’ll find among the groups you join, to the employers and all the benefits they have to offer.
In my opinion, if you don’t get involved on campus, you’re just wasting your college experience. These are the best years of your life, and watching Netflix and eating Doritos all day every day is going to waste all this potential you have to offer your campus and community.
Getting your life together and finding out what you’re truly made of is never going to be easy, but give yourself some credit. You made it this far!
Letting this sophomore slump win shouldn’t ever be an option. The best advice I can give for this moment is to prioritize.
Figure out what really is the most important thing for you to do next and do it. There is really no wrong answer. If staying in and cracking down on the books sounds like the right thing to do, then hit it hard. If going out and living the night like it’s your last sounds like the idea you want, then I say, do it with no regrets.
Give it all you’ve got, but remember to keep yourself level-headed and don’t overdo it one way or another. Prioritize what matters the most to YOU and work your way down from there.
There is a trick to everything in college. The key to learning each trick is to go out and experience college and not wait around for something to happen out of nothing. College is what you make of it, so don’t get caught up in a slump.
I believe Mrs. Frizzle said it best: “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”
That’s how you beat the sophomore slump.