4 Major Differences Between Freshman and Sophomore Year

4 Major Differences Between Freshman and Sophomore Year

The classes get harder, your schedule gets busier.
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As high school seniors prepare to graduate and head off to their first year of college, they are filled with a mix of excitement and nervousness. Freshman year is different for everyone. Some may think of it as a breeze, while others struggle. Some people may do great academically, and others won't. However, even though it may be easier, sophomore year is different. Here are five major differences between freshman and sophomore year.

1. The First Day of Classes

Freshmen are worried about finding their classes and how different the atmosphere is from high school. They usually dread the first day, expecting a load of work. For most freshmen, it usually doesn't work that way. It's almost like high school classes. Homework isn't usually assigned because the professors want to give them a chance to adapt first. However, being a sophomore is different. Professors know that we have been through a year of college before and expect us to get straight to work right away. Most sophomores have homework the first day, and it can be a lot at once.

2. The Coursework and Difficulty

This may not be true for everyone, but most of my classes as a freshman were close to easy if not one hundred percent. Basically, if you did the work and put an effort in, you would end up with an A. Most freshmen classes are general education courses, so they definitely tend to be easier than the latter years of college. During sophomore year, classes definitely start to get more challenging. There is way more information thrown at you, and you are expected to advocate for yourself when you are struggling. There is more expected of you in general. There are more quizzes, more tests, more reading, and higher difficulty.

3. Schedules

Unless you automatically threw yourself into every activity or organization you could possibly think of, chances are, your schedule wasn't completely packed. You may have just gone to classes, or you may have joined an org or two, or you may have rushed a fraternity/sorority. You may have had a job, but most freshmen don't in order to adapt to their new lifestyle. On the other hand, as a sophomore, you have more commitments. You most likely will have a job, along with more credits and/or harder coursework, and dedication to Greek Life or orgs/productions/practices. These commitments take up a huge amount of time in your schedule.

4. Relationships

For many freshmen, it can take a while to meet new people and make new friends. It will eventually happen. You eventually have a person that you can do everything with, and a small group of friends will begin to form. As a sophomore, you meet even more people, whether it be in class or orgs. You start to talk to more people as well, and some of them can even lead to something more.

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Wait, Judy Genshaft Wasn't the Only USF President?

A glance at the five preceding presidents to grace the University of South Florida prior to Judy Genshaft.

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With the buzzing news of Judy Genshaft's upcoming retirement, I decided to read more on her career and her success. She has done so much to propel the University of South Florida forward, achieving all of her set goals in the process. But in one of the many articles I saw reporting on Genshaft's retirement, there was a statement made by Betty Castor in reaction to the news. Who's Betty Castor you may ask? Well Betty Castor is USF's fifth and most recent president preceding Judy Genshaft. Meaning yes, Judy Genshaft is USF's sixth president.

Here's an introduction to ALL six USF Presidents:

1. John S. Allen, 1957-1970

Previously an astronomer, professor, and the Executive Vice President at the University of Florida, John S. Allen was appointed as the first president in USF history July 27, 1957. When John S. Allen arrived in Tampa, he had to literally craft the University of South Florida from the ground up. His opposition to major college sports fueled his desire to make USF the best academically. During his tenure, USF was considered to be the "Harvard of the South." Pretty cool to consider. After his retirement, our accomplished founder was honored with the "John and Grace Allen Center", named after himself and his wife.

John S. Mackey https://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html


2. Cecil Mackey, 1971-1976

Once the director of the Office of Policy Development for the Federal Aviation Agency, and the assistant Secretary for policy Development for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maurice Cecil Mackey, Jr. joined USF's administration February of 1971. During his presidency, Mackey opened USF Sarasota and dispersed the College of Liberal Arts into four new colleges. After leaving the University of South Florida, he went on to be the President of Michigan State University, and Texas Tech University.

M. Cecil Mackeyhttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html


3. John Lott Brown, 1978-1988

After a period with two interim presidents in place at the University of South Florida, John Lott Brown was finally inaugurated April 15, 1978. Brown also had a history in aviation, and he had conducted research related to early space flight. He utilized his time as president to establish the Moffit Cancer Center, USF Psychiatry Center, and the USF College of public health.

John Lott Brownhttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html


4. Francis Borkowski, 1988-1993.

During his career, Francis Borkowski was an administer at five different Universities. But on February 5th, 1988, he took over as president for the University of South Florida. With his short tenure at USF, Borkowski hoped to raise the University's status in both academics and athletics. In 1991, one of his goals was achieved with the foundation of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Francis T. Borkowskihttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html


5. Betty Castor, 1994-1999

Betty Castor's time at USF was historical because she was the first female president the school had ever seen. When she became a part of the administration team USF already had four campuses, a medical school, and over 40,000 students. She walked into a well established institution and still managed to fulfill an advantageous agenda. Castor expanded the Honors Program, earned recognition for the University's Research achievements, and took USF abroad to countries such as China and Africa. Betty Castor Hall was famously named after her, and her legacy continues to show relevance at the University.

Betty Castorhttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html


6. Judy Genshaft, 2000-2019 (Pending)

Judy Genshaft has the longest tenure in the University's history, and she was recently ranked as the 11th highest paid university president in the United States. We know and love her for her many accomplishments, as of recent USF's emergence as a preeminent university, but she has also been involved in a few controversies. Even so, she has tremendously transformed the University of South Florida and will be retiring at the peak of her administrative career.

Judy Genshafthttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html

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