The Sophomore Slump
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?
- Talk about it to faculty, staff, and your peers.
- Investigate your personality type with the MBTI at the Academic Advising Center.
- Investigate your Strong Interest Inventory at Career Planning and Development.
- Take the Learning and Studies Strategies Inventory at the Academic Advising Center.
- Follow the Sophomore Jump Checklist.
- Feeling that you are in more than a "slump", visit the College's Counseling and Wellness Center.
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.
- Consider a mentorship. Apply for the Faculty-Sophomore Mentor program!
- 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 Sophomore Shadow 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!
Academic Advising Center