Sophomore year is definitely a transition year. This is the time to solidify who you are as an individual. You are no longer a freshman just starting to figure things out and getting comfortable in your own skin and you aren’t an upperclassman yet who is expected to be on their right path already. Trying to figure out what to do as a college sophomore may initially feel completely overwhelming — this is understandable. You are going to undergo a lot of life changes. Thankfully, all of these changes will be positive in some way or another so long as you’re prepared for them.
Move Out of the Dorms
As a freshman, living in the dorms is so convenient. It’s an easy way to quickly make some new friends, you have a chance to become comfortable with your new campus and walk to classes and you don’t even need to cook for yourself! As a sophomore, consider moving into an apartment with some friends and experience a more adult way of living. This is a great way to become more responsible with bills and other household tasks. I also recommend a vehicle for your sophomore year. I’m glad I didn’t have one my freshman year as it forced me to get comfortable with my college campus and the local area. While living in an apartment however, having a personal vehicle makes doing errand runs so much easier and weekends much more adventurous.
It’s time to end your days as a social butterfly and be a little pickier with your friends. You’ve grown into yourself a little bit more and know what sort of people you want to keep in your life. Thankfully college has so many opportunities for meeting new people:
- Greek Life
- Intramural Teams
- Become a TA or Ra
- Student Government
If you haven’t decided on a major yet, now is the time to do so. If you have, figure out if this is really what you want to do with your life. Get a job that is relevant to your field of study or an internship. This will help you see what it might be like working in this industry and is a great learning experience. If you can’t find something that is completely relevant to your career path, try interning anyways! Maybe you’ll decide you like this other industry better and you will definitely acquire some new skills. Sophomore year is also a great time to do study abroad while you still have gen-ed classes left to take and are a little more focused on your major.