Stomping The Sophomore Slump

Stomping The Sophomore Slump

Let's get down to business and resolve our issues.

Most of us can understand the difficulty of being a second-year college student. If you’re unfamiliar here's your answer! As sophomores, some of us have already had our excitement that comes with college. The new experiences and starting a life away from home. It’s difficult to top such an amazing first year when you finally arrive at the real reason of why we come to college- for that shiny degree.

You’re unmotivated, lagging, and even question waking up for that 1 p.m. class. You’re that slumped. The idea of studying every day and not sleeping as much as we’d like puts us in a daze (one I’m currently struggling with myself). For those that need a little wake-up call on how to fight the slump, you’ve come to the right place. Prepare for your spirits to be instantly lifted as you head out on this journey with me.

And now let me present to you, the best ways to beat the sophomore s.l.u.m.p:

Stay hydrated.

The benefits of water can’t be explained enough. While we all need that soda every now and again, the sweeteners found within them will only leave you with a sugar high and water loss. Yes, they’re caffeinated and they taste better half the time but they have no health benefits. Water will keep you hydrated (over time leading to less fatigue) and increase energy levels. With the slump you’re feeling right about now I would bet you’ve had a couple sodas today instead of water. Kick it, now. The water will relieve any headaches experienced from that sugar rush along with boost your immune system to fight that nasty virus circling around campus.

Listen to your body.

Take care of yourself. I understand it’s easier said than done. Heck, I can barely put myself together for class in the morning so I don’t have much room to talk; however, keeping up with your health is more important than some of us college students care to realize. Listen, learn, and protect your body, you’re gonna be stuck in it for some time.

Utilize your parents.

Call them, just do it. I mean, we should call our parents throughout the week to check in on them and let them know we’re still alive- barely. When it gets difficult and you seem to be dragging throughout the day, give them a call. I can promise that having someone listen to everything crazy or boring going on in your life (and genuinely care) will do wonders for your spirit.

Make time.

Taking on more than you can mentally and physically handle will have you running out of steam quicker than you can imagine. Wanting to sleep all day every day? Yeah, I’ve been there too, I’m there now. So find time to take a break, go to the gym, and go for a run outside. The energy you’ll have afterward will leave you feeling like the Energizer Bunny.

Prepare for the week.

With making time comes planning out your schedule. Sophomore year is a doozy. You’ll most likely be flustered with how busy you are between the unusual school load, possibly working, volunteer programs, and organizations you decided to join. Get a planner, organize your life, and set some “me time.” You’ll be surprised with how quickly your mood will change and the weight off your shoulders will lighten up.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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