A Letter To My Sophomore Self

A Letter To My Sophomore Self

Remember to take in every little thing about where you are and the people that you meet.

Dear sophomore me,

Well, you made it through the first year. I was definitely not the easiest. There were good times and bad times. Sometimes all you wanted to do was go home, other times you felt completely numb to everything and everyone. While it may be true that the moments of pure happiness and self-condifdence were few during your freshman year, now you have a fresh start. You're back in the downtown that you've pretty much memorized after countless afternoon walks, not to mention back with the people that you haven't seen in months. There will undoubtedly be challenges this year as well, but now you know that there's nothing you can't handle.

I highly doubt ignoring the FOMO will get any easier. This feeling was very new to you last year, but you got through it. Most importantly, you realized that you are not the type of person who can live their happiest and most fulfilling life by constantly going out and being as social as they possibly can. Remember that you need time to yourself. Remember how refreshed you'd feel after a day of relaxation with your favorite TV shows followed by a walk in the late afternoon. You need this time to get ready for the week ahead- to recharge your brain so that you can do the best at the work you are given. While it may be true that the feeling you're missing out will never go away, I firmly believe that it will be much easier, this year, to be confident in your choice to take some time to yourself.

Aside from the social aspects of going back to college, there are, of course, going to be plenty of academic challenges. Keep managing your time the way you have been, as you have done well in your classes so far. Most importantly, don't get so stressed out about things. You're going to fail a quiz or a test here and there. It is not the end of the world. Your professors only want to help you, which is why you ought to make more of an effort to get to know them this year. You're a sophomore now, you know the ropes, and you know that they're people just like you. I know you're probably not going to listen to me when I say this, but don't procrastinate. Please, for the sake of our sleep, don't wait til the last minute to start a paper or start reading a very dense book. I will definitely take you longer than you think it will.

Remember to take in every little thing about where you are and the people that you meet. This is the best way to learn. They are from all different walks of life and, as you continue to grow up, do your best to learn a little about the world outside your own. After this year, you're already halfway done. Savor the new and interesting experiences that will undoubtedly fall upon you, but don't forget to take time to yourself if that is what you need to recharge. So, here's to sophomore year. It's going to be a wild ride.

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Spring break is three weeks away and I am already counting down the days. Why didn't anyone warn me that Sophomore year is so stressful? Don't get me wrong, I am extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to further my education. However, sometimes I just have to put my feelings first, and admit that I feel overwhelmed by my college workload.

Before any adults say “college is easy, you just need to apply your time” I do apply my time! This semester I am taking 18 credits, writing for the Odyssey, and active in two on-campus clubs. For those who are in the same predicament and balance a full/part-time job, I salute you. Recently, on Twitter, I came across a tweet stating “College isn't hard, the work just piles up on you” and related to that completely. I feel teachers should give homework because it gives clarity and practice in concepts that were not understood in class. But homework such as 40 multiple choice questions in macroeconomics, 40 multiple choice questions in accounting, 145 pages to read in fashion, a two page in essay in business writing, 45 pages to read plus a discussion question in international marketing, and 16 short answer questions in organizational behavior per week is excessive! Especially if you are not naturally gifted, so you have to take time outside of class to review lessons. And guess what? Somewhere in between all that work, I have to find time to eat, exercise, socialize, sleep, and apply for summer internships. On top of that, when you suffer from anxiety, managing symptoms is a full-time job in itself.

Its hard when you want to be successful but the process of achieving success requires you climb up a narrow mountain with a broken arm with 20/70 vision.

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Nevertheless, When I feel defeated (which is often) I refer to my motivational quotes which states “Build your own dreams, or someone will hire you to build theirs” and “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” to get me through. College is definitely a never-ending cycle of headaches, but I’m confident that I’ll eventually enjoy the fruits of my labor. Therefore, cheers to 2 ½ more months in the semester.

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