Avoid the Sophomore Slump
The second year of college can be very challenging for students. Classes become more difficult and sophomores may feel anxious about picking a career path. They feel pressured to find their place on campus and in the world. Many high-school friendships and long-distance relationships come to an end.
Moving to a new residence hall or off-campus apartment changes their social environment and support structure. Sometimes it's hard to know what to say, but here is some advice you might consider giving your student:
- Talk to University Counseling Services if things get overwhelming.
- Meet with an academic advisor to help you figure out the best path for courses.
- Join a new club or organization and consider being in a leadership position.
- Try different classes and don't settle on a major that you haven't explored enough of yet.
- Go to the Writing Center or Campus Learning Center if school gets tough.
- Consider spending some time studying or doing research abroad.
- Visit the VCU Career Services to explore career paths and internship opportunities.
- Apply to become an Orientation Leader to learn more about VCU and connect with people.
- Create a plan to improve your well-being and stick to it.
- Connect with people—new friends, old friends, family, or faculty—it doesn't matter.