Sophomore Jump Checklist

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The Sophomore slump is a period of uncertainty as you transition from your first year of college -- full of excitement and newness -- to increased responsibility, decisions and personal adjustment.  

How do you know if you are in the Sophomore Slump?

  • Are you questioning your time at Old Westbury?
  • Are you more confused than in your First-Year?
  • Have you decided you do not like your major?
  • Are you confused or overwhelmed?
  • Not having fun or spending time with friends?
  • Not feeling motivated?
  • Wondering why everyone else has college figured out?

How do you get out of the slump?

Sophomore Jump Checklist: Things To Do

  • Deepen your knowledge of your major and department.
  • Meet with your academic advisor at least once per semester.
  • Get to know a faculty member. 
  • Keep in touch with friends from last semester.
  • Work with a Peer Mentor in the Sophomore Jump office, CC H202.
  • Become an active member of a student club/organization.
  • Explore study abroad programs.
  • Connect with Career Planning & Development and have your resume reviewed.
  • Get involved in undergraduate research.
  • Participate in 2nd Year to Career for career exploration and to connect with working professionals to build your network and have career conversations!
  • Start looking for internships or field related work opportunities. 
  • Consider adding a minor.
  • Prepare to take on new initiates and leadership roles.
  • Celebrate your success!

Download Sophomore Jump Checklist


Kaitlin Janes
Academic Advisor
Academic Advising Center
(516) 628-5681