Making the most of your sophomore year

Some helpful hints from members of the class of 2016 on how to make the most of your sophomore year!

  • Just remember not to get too confident in your academic abilities in college just yet because it generally is only based on general education classes and time and time I've heard (and now I know) that sophomore year is usually the hardest year, especially academically.
  • Be really honest with yourself about what you like, and don't be afraid to ask for help.  The quality of your experience is up to you.
  • Get your priorities/goals straight and own them.
  • Continue to get even more involved in the Sewanee community!  My freshman year, I didn't do as many extra-curriculars because I didn't want to overwhelm myself.  Now I have found the enjoyable aspects I missed last year (mostly getting involved with kids in the Sewanee community), and I love it.  Everyone has a different passion, so find out what it is and add it to your Sewanee experience.
  • Live gently.
  • For me, it has been a very challenging year, not necessairly accidemically but more personally. This has been difficult, but it has allowed for so much growth. Instead of negatively questioning situations, events, or experiences that are difficult, try and understand how you can grow from it and what you can learn from it.
  • When you hit your sophomore slump, which is a very real deal, don't let it simmer. Actively seek out NEW opportunities to explore your skills, knowledge, and goals in any arena.
  • Be proud of where you've come from and represent your hometown even if you think you dislike it. It is the actuality of our differences that makes Sewanee diverse; try not to conform to what you might think a Sewanee student is supposed to be, because you'd already be doing it wrong.
  • Make it count! You only get 4 years, and after this one you are halfway done!
  • Try to be as involved as possible and try to keep a positive attitude! Also, get to know the faculty and community members.
  • Don't freak out. You're only choosing the rest of your life.
  • Don't get settled into your set schedule, try new things.
  • Don't procrastinate.
  • Take classes that are relevant to your desired major
  • Study notes and be well prepared for exams and quizzes
  • Know that the Slump for Sophomore year is very real, but if you know this then it's much easier to prepare for it.  Just know that sophomore year is completely different from freshman year, and not to expect exactly 100% of the stuff you experienced last year.  Back then it was all new, and returning to Sewanee will show you a lot of the same stuff you did freshman year, but if you look out for the new opportunities, make new friends and keep in touch with the old ones, you won't have anything to worry about!  Best advice: enjoy it.
  • Foster strong relationships with your professors because they are the ones who know what is best for you to do. Especially those in your intended major subject.
  • Keep an open mind, you'll probably choose the major you never thought you would. Be open to trying different experiences, because that's how you will find yourself and what you're interested in.
  • GET INVOLVED
  • Stay involved to stay out of the sophomore slump.
  • Go to career services.
  • Do more activities that are geared towards Sophomores like icebreakers or getting to know your classmates or a sophomore buddy system that forces you to be introduced to classmates that you do not normally socialize with.
  • Reach out to the people and professors around you. Be open change your routine often.
  • Get your stuff together.
  • Talk to your professors as much as you possibly can. Spend as much time with your friends as you can... but stay on top of your work.
  • The sophomore slump is a real thing. Embrace who you are and what you love, and you'll alleviate that slump.
  • Every year changes and every year is different--you meet new people, new professors, and you might lose some connections that you held close to you freshman year. However, it's up to you to seize each moment as an opportunity. Change is necessary for growth.
  • Enjoy it to the fullest. This is the one time after the stresses of freshman year have dissolved and before the pressures of planning for the real world begin to set in. Make the most of it.
  • Recognize that the sophomore slump is real and inevitable. Fight it by getting involved with things early on in the year even if it's just at the base level. Getting involved doesn't necessarily mean you have to spearhead a whole new project for the university.
  • Take classes that will help you choose your major/minor/certificate. Get a broad scope.
  • Prepare for a rougher course load and be prepared to become bored and try to avoid the Sewanee routine of school, frat party, and sleep.
  • Do not stress about declaring your major. Do not put off study abroad.
  • It's not the start of the college journey and not the end so the excitement may have lessened. Stay strong, keep breathing through your work and activities and enjoy the hills and mountains.
  • Help the freshmen out as much as you can.
  • Do work every day- do NOT put anything off. You will regret it
  • Seek out a faculty member that is within your major as an advisor and that you feel strongly connected to because it is most likely that they want an advisee as much as you want an advisor.  It is always good to have a backup advisor in mind just in case the first faculty member you ask says no or says yes and then you find out that you are not connected at all.  Advisors are the best people to go to when you are having any sort of trouble because they know you in and out of the classroom setting and they are there to help you in any facet of college life.  I could not have gotten through my sophomore year without all three of my advisors.  Advisors make the Sewanee experience more memorable and more genuine, so pick the right ones.
  • Sophomore year is a year to find out your place at Sewanee. Study hard, have deep conversations, and take time to lie in the grass and pick out every beautiful thing you see.
  • Don't worry- it's going to be okay.
  • Stay on top of your work and know that you don't have to go out every weekend!
  • Don't get pimples.