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 One About To Graduate

You may not know the next step to take after you get off that stage at graduation, but that can be the best part.

To the one about to graduate:

Congratulations! This is your final semester of your undergraduate college career. You have enjoyed a nice four (five, maybe six) years at your school, and all of your hard work, blood, sweat, and tears is finally about to pay off.

As someone who is about to graduate soon, I am not going to lie and say that looking into the abyss isn’t both thrilling and terrifying. There are few times in a person’s life when your life is absolutely full of opportunities.

There are so many possible choices for you to make as a new graduate. Maybe you want to settle down with your significant other and start a family. Perhaps you want to pursue a graduate degree and become a lawyer or doctor. If you are like me, you are possibly still deciding between many options.

The scariest part of the unknown is simply what it is: not knowing.

However, it should also be exciting. The future is ripe with possibilities, thrills, and sure maybe some disappointments. Not knowing is what makes life exciting.

Yes, your entire life has been clear-cut with someone telling you where to go next. This is the first time your choices are completely up to you, and that is something to celebrate!

You can be a YouTube star or a stay at home mom or dad, or you can travel the world and run a blog from wherever you find yourself on that particular day.

You could become a yoga teacher or a corporate lawyer, or maybe you realize you love education so much that you want to be a professional student for life.

For the first time in your life, there is no wrong choice or necessarily a right choice. You don’t have to go in a certain direction. You don’t need to have everything figured out, and it is okay to fail once in a while.

Your post-graduation years are meant for finding your way. Along the way, you may take a stumble or two, and that is perfectly fine.

As long as you continue to pick yourself up and commit to finding your way, you will find it eventually.

You may not know the next step to take after you get off that stage at graduation, but that can be the best part.


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Confessions of a Single Mother in Her Twenties While in College

My new motivation

It's hard to imagine that at a mere 23 years of age a piece of me is running around, screaming the few words he knows, tormenting the family pets. It's even harder to remember that a few short years ago, this was not my plan. And boy, was I in for a reality check.

Looking around all I see is my friends, my classmates, and my peers going out and having a good time, achieving and exceeding all their goals. They can all take road trips at a moment's notice, to nowhere in particular. Sleeping until 3 in the afternoon on any day is a thing of the past.

What people do not realize is, as a mother in her early twenties, I was made to put many things on hold. A whole new life was in my hands. This was my new life.

Before being a mom, I thought I knew what it was like to be stressed, to be busy. My anxiety and depression were at all time highs. Most of the time I wouldn't make it half a day without a potential breakdown. That was my new life.

I had so many goals set long before the surprise blessing of motherhood. The cold, hard truth was that I was no longer the most important person in my life. Why do I keep reiterating that fact? Because, though I have always been a very selfless individual, I was now thrown into an entirely new level of it all. I know I am not alone.

Now, I balance a work life, college attendance, and try to still achieve all the goals I set out for all those years ago, somewhat changing my path as I have gone along. No more are the late night study sessions or cramming for exams. Nowadays, one must meticulously plan every possible free moment and be open to the fact that nothing will ever go to plan.

Having a support system makes it all feasible. I can see an end, though not within reach quite yet. I am doing so much on my own, little support, but the support I do have makes my goals achievable after all. It reminds me that this does not mean I have to give up. I have a little person that looks up to me, he relies on me. In the big scheme of things, he will be just as proud as I will be of myself.

It is not all bad. The staggering amount of love I have for this tiny human is intensely overwhelming, as is the love he has for me in his smile when he sees me walk through the door after a long, hard day of work. He is my new motivation, where before motivation was lacking. The things I now do for him I once dreaded doing. Study sessions are no easier to get through, but knowing that it will all pay off and provide a sense of stability for my child and myself is rewarding and pushes me through the next chapter and beyond.

You cannot let life get in the way, use your experiences as a fuel to the fire, as I have done. I am prepared for it to take longer, I am prepared for the sacrifice of missing out on a few things while he is young, and I know I will be able to provide for him when he is older and be able to prove to him anything you set your mind to is possible with enough hard work and perseverance.

I am a college student. I work full time. I am a Mom. I CAN do it all.

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