5 Ways Sophomore Year Is Different Than Freshmen Year

5 Ways Sophomore Year Is Different Than Freshmen Year

Other than the obvious difference in credit hours.
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Your freshmen year of college truly is unlike any other. It is filled with many firsts and immense amounts of fun. Now that I’ve survived it I’ve come to realize just how beautiful that start of these college years truly was and that it really was a time to remember. As time is ticking down to the start of my second year of college, I have noticed that while everyone is always providing tons of advice for that first year shock of college, not much gets said about year two. While sophomore year lacks the wonder and mystery that typically comes with freshmen year, it has several other distinct differences as well. Here’s just a few of the differences this short-time sophomore has noticed.

1. You Enjoy Your Friends More

Freshmen year is full of awkwardness when it comes to friendships. You spend the first couple of months meeting enormous amounts of people and then trying to decide who you’re the most compatible with. Then you spend the next months gauging the amount of 'you' they’re willing to put up with and you travel through the first awkward stages of getting to truly know someone. By sophomore year you have your friend group down to a science. You know who to call when you want to hit up that party, who you can and can’t study with, who is fun for a movie night and who you can rely on to come running when you’re in a crisis. This time around you get to actually enjoy your friends. You don’t feel self conscious around them and you don’t question their loyalty to you. It is full on friendship bliss.

2. You Don’t Have The Freshmen Excuse

We’d be dishonest for not acknowledging the major slack everyone cuts us when we are new to the college world. People are always so willing to give directions when we’re lost, teacher’s give us sympathy when we can’t figure out the online homework, and we get out of a lot of things simply because we’re young. That’s not the case anymore. This year we’ve got to handle life all on our own and in the eyes of the world, we should be pros from that whole year of practice. It’s definitely intimidating.

3. Responsibility Is At An All Time High

Last year you gained a lot of responsibility. You had to learn to do things that, for the most part, were typically covered by your parents, like washing clothes, and how to keep up with school work without a teacher hounding you. But, now the responsibility comes in much more serious forms. For most of us, this is the first time we’re living in an actual place (dorms are not near as much upkeep as an apartment or house) and have to now take over the responsibility of rent among other things that come along with home “ownership." This year is more like a real dose of adulthood reality.

4. You’re Over The Homesickness

We all handle adjusting to college differently. Some of us breeze right in and don’t skip a beat, much less battles serious separation anxiety, but others have to take adjusting at a slower pace. Regardless, at some point you did ache a small bit for home. Whether it hit you on the first day of class or on the way home from Christmas break, your college town felt somewhat foreign. Not anymore. Now you are just as at home here as you are anywhere else. This college town is your comfort zone and you wouldn’t chose to be anywhere else.

5. Motivation Is At An All Time Low

You’ve made your first impressions. You survived the adjustment to harder classes. What now? In freshmen year, you have your parents’ expectations, your individual goals, and the desire to start off with a good GPA to motivate you academically. Senior year, you have the fact that the real world starts soon to help you keep your crap together, but not this year. Sophomore year, and maybe junior year alike, is just like a floater year. You don’t want to buy your books before school starts, you don’t want to get to class on time, and you most definitely don’t want to study. The sophomore slump is real and I’ve noticed all I really want to do is sleep.

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...

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Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

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Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.

Signed,

The lost 22-year old that believes in you

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