Sophomore year is just not the same as your freshman year. You no longer have that feeling of a new place that's exciting and interesting - you sort of get into a funk because you know where everything is and have gotten used to everything that happens. Your friends may have also changed due to living arrangements, people transferring or people just changed. I remember talking with a friend the other day reminiscing about freshman year and we wished that it was our senior year because we know it will never be that fun again.
A huge part to sophomore year is that you begin to focus more on major based classes which are more demanding than those general classes you needed to take freshman year. I know from personal experience I’m taking six classes this spring semester and it’s a much heavier workload than any of my previous semesters in college. This is the year you know exactly what to expect and that it’s time to get serious about school and your major.
Sophomore year is also the year you need to really think about staying on track and start thinking about internships and how to better your resume for what is to come after college. For a lot of people, freshman year was the “adjustment period” from high school to college and for some, their GPA didn’t fare too well. In that case sophomore year is usually the time to get involved with more activities on campus and focus on schoolwork and boosting that GPA.
While sophomore year is a lot of work academically, it is a good time to see how far you’ve grown since high school and what you know now compared to last year.