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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It's All Yours

Run with passion.

There are so many pressures that we feel as we enter the stages of even thinking about college. All throughout high school, we hear those words. “Get ready for college," “start applying," “start touring." Everywhere you turn you’re encouraged to seek a college education and put in classes that are labeled as “advanced." This is so that by the time we get to college we basically are supposed to know what we are doing for the rest of our lives.

Wrong. Never believe this.

People spend their whole lives searching for their calling and what they are truly meant to do and sometimes don’t find it until way later in life.

And that is okay.

Go to college as undeclared and search for what drives you and pushes you to be passionate. Or, change your major four times because at the end of the day college is about finding the career path that will make your life abundantly happy and go for it. Life isn’t about following a set of rules that society has always said are “right," it’s about the things that make us who we are and that isn’t always what is considered “normal” because we are all unique.

This year I changed my major for the second time, and it took a lot for me to actually go through with it. Changing majors for the second time meant changing career paths completely, and that was scary. Leaving what I had planned to do for the rest of my life (and had interned and apprenticed for, for the past three years) was not easy. It meant taking a leap of faith out of my comfort zone and into a field that I wasn’t as familiar with.

It meant wanting to see my dreams through and come true.

And I did it. I had to. For my sanity and for settling the possibility of a what if in my life, I had to.

Now, I am happy and successfully chasing my dreams. I am nowhere near reaching my goals yet but the passion I have for it will carry me and will keep me from burning out.

All this to say, don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do what society has pinned as “right”. There is no “right time” to finish college or to get engaged/married, or to change careers even. Life is different and exquisitely beautiful for everyone because we are all different. It would be so incredibly boring if we were all the same.

That’s all for now loves.

As Always,

Xoxo

BG

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