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The Unacknowledged Transition, Freshman to Sophomore Year

Freshman year may seem like a breeze with introduction classes and financial support through those scholarships you received in high school. However, when sophomore year rolls around, as a student you can feel lost – and extra stressed.

Sophomore Kennedy Horn said, “After my freshman year I realized it was time to buckle down and start focusing on getting on track for vet school after graduation.”

Same classrooms, different workloads: a natural part of the transition from freshman to sophomore year

As classes get harder, you may have to find ways to manage your time better with all the requirements for classes, work, studying, and having a social life. Sadly, that means you might have to skip hanging out with your friends. A good way to manage your time is to make a schedule and a to-do list and stick to it.

Sophomore Gabby Moscato-Goodpaster said, “Being an education major I realized I had to take more initiative to make sure I get into the education program which causes an extra amount of stress on my already heavy course load.”

One tactic that helps me stay organized is to hang a to-do list over my desk and cross off items as I accomplish them. Also, it helps to not always nap during downtime. I understand it is nice to get those that extra 20-minute nap, but if you do homework in those 20 minutes you can go to bed a little earlier.

A certain feeling comes with being a sophomore – the sense of: “I am no longer a freshman I should know what I’m doing.” Reminder: it is okay not to know what you’re doing and asking for help is understandable.

Reminder: it is okay not to know what you’re doing and asking for help is understandable.

Often when students feel stressed, they talk to their friends, which is an excellent resource, but your friends are in the same position as you and cannot always offer real-world advice. There are resources on campus you can use such as Nancy McCormick, the campus minister and Kazi MacDowell, the campus counselor.

 

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