6 Things My Sophomore Year Has Taught Me

6 Things My Sophomore Year Has Taught Me

It never gets easier.

High school is four years of the exact same thing, day in and day out, year in and year out. The cool thing about college, however, (and also the most horrifying), is that every year is a completely different experience. Maybe, that's not a good thing all around because it's so easy for the year to catch you off guard, but it also means that each year teaches you something a little different.

1. There's such thing as sophomore senioritis.

Okay so maybe there's also no such thing as freshman senioritis or junior senioritis but the procrastination levels this year were off the charts. We used to think starting a paper the night before was bad, try waking up at five in the morning to write an essay instead.

2. There's no such thing as getting used to college food.

Hunter's food has not gotten any more appetizing the older I get. I've disowned the cafeteria; in my eyes, the only thing they serve is coffee. Hmph.

3. The bagel shop by Hunter though...

Hunter's cafeteria has pushed me out of Hunter during lunchtime completely, and that's actually how I stumbled across the bagel place/deli that's right down the block. The food is good and the employees are lightning fast yet still polite, even though there's always a crowd there. I guess one good thing came out of Hunter's cafeteria.

4. Self-taught classes are the devil.

That class that you were super excited about because the teacher told you attending lectures wasn't necessary? Go away, dammit because you shall not pass.

5. The pressure continues...

You no longer have the excuse of being a freshman and having no idea what's going on. Now, not only are you expected to have it together for classes, you're also expected to start "gaining experience in your field," whatever that means.

6. It never gets easier.

There aren't any breaks or breathers. Your professor knows you're taking five classes and will assign 2-page responses weekly anyway. You will blank out the entire first part of the semester but have to take the midterm anyway. Prepare to forget what the soft embrace of your bed feels like.

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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