12 Signs You've Hit The Sophomore Slump

12 Signs You've Hit The Sophomore Slump

It's time to admit there's a problem we need to deal with.

I’d like to believe I’ve been handling life fairly well. With my volunteer programs, work schedule, and class schedule I’ve been staying busy. I normally prefer to keep a busy schedule because when I get that small slice of relaxation, I’m done for. I’m talking sleeping for hours, sometimes days; not wanting to study for class and finding people to cover my shifts at work so I don’t have to move. Yes, it’s true. The sophomore slump is real and it hits hard. If you’re a sophomore struggling with the same issues I currently am, I’m here to tell you you’re not alone!

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Here's a few signs you're falling into the sophomore slump:

1. Picking a major.

Wait, so we actually have to figure out the rest of our lives...this is the beginning of the end isn't it?

2. Is napping a major?

I don't think I'm the only one that would receive an A if napping was a major.

3. Your planner makes you cringe.

It's color coded by assignments and tests but also by classes. It looks more like a double rainbow than an actual agenda with all the homework that's due.

4. Assignments take days to finish.

5. Motivational signs hung on the walls.

It's sad but true. Having posters of baby kittens saying 'you can do it' is more motivational than your parents saying it sometimes.

6. Go out or sleep, decisions decisions.

We've all been there before. Is it smarter to get some sleep or should I actually be social for the night? We question our social lives a little more this year and whether or not it's worth the no sleep.

7. Netflix Binge.

If I'm being honest, I've finished three series within four weeks and I have no shame.

8. Cancelled plans.

It's okay, I'm sure you're not the only one that's fallen asleep instead of going to dinner with your friends. (Sleep really does rule your life in college).

9. Hanging out is binge eating/emotional breakdowns.

If you're close with your roommates, you've probably had a few nights of hysterical crying together trying to figure out your life. It's also probably ended in eating tubs of ice cream and doughnuts.

10. Thoughts of dropping out.

If I drop out now, how long will my parents let me live off their money? Is it possible to just become a millionaire through the lottery or fame?

11. To exercise or not to exercise, that is the question.

12. You read this article instead of doing homework.

You are truly stuck in the Sophomore Slump! Don't let it run your life though.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

SEE ALSO: To The Girl Patiently Waiting With An Impatient Heart

So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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