The Sophomore Slump Is Real, But You Don't Have To Experience It

The Sophomore Slump Is Real, But You Don't Have To Experience It

Don't let your sophomore year get the best of you.

For a college student, the sophomore slump is when you're back to school for your second year, and school just isn't as great as you remember it being freshmen year!

When you're away at school you're free to make your own choices and do pretty much whatever you want, so the first summer back from the endless good time that was freshmen year, can be a struggle.

Many rising sophomores spend their entire summer break wishing they were back at school, but when they do move back, things just aren't the same. The sophomore year brings harder classes as you get further into your major, more responsibilities and one year closer to the real world.

It becomes harder to bounce back if you have a low GPA, and many sophomores end up feeling like it's all work and no play.

They're so over boring gen-eds and all of their friends from freshmen year have totally different schedules than them, so there's no one to procrastinate with! That's how many end up wasting their days away, not being productive and not having any fun.

The sophomore slump is real, but you don't have to experience it.

Here's how I combatted the dreaded sophomore slump...

Well, to be fair I studied abroad fall semester of my sophomore year, and with all the new places to see and people to meet, there was no time for slumping. Since I knew I was having the opportunity of a lifetime I didn't want to waste a second of it, and I took that mindset back to the States spring semester and that is what carried me through, pain-free.

When I came back home I was worried I had missed out on so much, so I made it a point to get as involved as I could.

As the semester comes to a close I am happy to say in just a few months I took on 5 leadership roles in my sorority, became an ambassador for studying abroad at my school, and began writing for Odyssey. My grades are better than ever and I am so organized.

I know if I want to be involved in fun extracurriculars at my school I need to stay focused on why I am here in the first place, for my education.

To avoid the sophomore slump be sure to get involved on your campus.

You'll feel more part of your school if you put yourself out there and you can meet forever friends who share the same interests as you.

Change your attitude.

Even when you're stressed or it feels like nothing's going your way, think on the bright side and try to remain positive. What you put out into the universe will come back to you.

Take care of yourself, whether that's staying in when you're worn out or going for a run to burn off some steam, remember it's okay to put yourself first.

Live a balanced life, you can have fun and still get your work done.

Surround yourself with positive people who lift you up. Don't let someone else's bad attitude transfer over to you if they're toxic cut them out.

Smile, you have the power to make every day a good day.

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An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.

To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To

I am finishing the last week of my bachelor's degree and I couldn't be more proud of myself.


I am now in the last week of my bachelor's degree. It feels surreal saying that. For four years I have been doing school full time. It has been a normal part of my life, so it's crazy to say my degree is coming to an end. On the one hand, I am so excited to graduate and have a break; finally; it has been almost nonstop school these four years with the longest break being two weeks. I look forward to having nothing to do, no assignments, or deadlines, or grades for a few months.

I'm also proud of myself for accomplishing something I initially never dreamed I would. After high school I wasn't sure about getting a degree and if I did what I would get that degree in. I also doubted my ability as a writer. My first semester in college I didn't know how to cite sources. I wasn't even sure how to go about dividing paragraphs or how to properly use commas. I had never written fiction or poetry and didn't think I ever could since it didn't seem like something that came naturally.

Well, I can confidently say now that I did all those things and more. I learned how to cite sources in multiple methods, and now it's like second nature. When starting my degree, I only wrote nonfiction, but I decided to challenge myself, to try fiction just to see if I could do it. I ended up doing a second concentration in fiction and writing 50 pages of a novel and a complete short story. Then I did a poetry class and wrote eight poems. Something I was convinced I could never do. But I did it; I did all of it and more.

Even more than the degree, the title of having a bachelor's, I'm just so happy to have challenged myself and did things I never thought I could. College is about seeing how strong we really are and all that we can accomplish. Going forward, I am confident in myself as a writer and confident to keep challenging myself and doing what I didn't think I could.

My learning does not end here. It's just the beginning. Better equipped now, I feel like I can learn and do anything I set my mind to, and this brings me back to the words my violin teacher gave me while I was still in high school. I had been committed to practicing violin every day, and she said, "Corrinne, you can do anything you set your mind to." And I have never forgotten those words. They still repeat in mind every time I challenge myself, cheering me on. And now, more than ever, I know those words are true. I can do anything I set my mind to and so can you. So, in this season of graduations and new life may you challenge yourself, believe in yourself, and do what you never knew you could. I promise you won't regret it. Good luck and congratulations!

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