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March 2011 | Volume 5, Issue 3
Avoiding the Sophomore Slump
The freshman year of college is exciting. Students find new friends, explore new academic subjects, and gain a newfound independence.
But because the freshman year is so much fun, the challenges of the sophomore year can be a surprise to students as they grow anxious about choosing a major and career. This common phenomenon is called "the sophomore slump."
The sophomore slump is known to be a time of confusion for students. Many wonder, "Why am I in school?" "How do I choose a major?" "What do I want to do with my life?"
Some students even "stop out" of college for a while, thinking they will return later. Unfortunately, many of these students never return to college.
Because a college degree opens many opportunities in life, it's important for students to work through the difficulties of the sophomore year so they can graduate.
How to Choose a Major
Choosing a major can be a daunting experience for students.
After all, it affects everything from the classes they will take and the people they will connect with to the types of internships and careers they might have.
Understandably, students can grow anxious. And the pressure to "get it right" can lead to a variety of responses.
Some students put off choosing a major. Others bunny-hop from one academic discipline to another hoping that one will feel right. Still others fall into a choice without considering their reasons. And some students even decide to take a break from college.
How can parents help during this important decision-making process? In the Loop asked SPU faculty, staff, and parents for practical insights. Read what they have to say.
And if you have tips or advice, we'd love to hear from you.
In the Loop Recommends
One of the best ways to help students learn is to connect their classroom studies with real-world applications. The Social Venture Plan Competition, hosted by Seattle Pacific's School of Business and Economics, does just that. An innovative collaboration between SBE and SPU's College of Arts and Sciences, the competition teaches entrepreneurship in a practical and unique way. Learn more with this video, and read about one group's project aimed at defeating "energy vampires."
Read more at In the Loop online.
Let Justice Roll On Premiere
Be among the first to see a new documentary about renowned reconciliation advocate John Perkins. Presented by SPU in association with the John M. Perkins Foundation, Let Justice Roll On recounts Perkins' journey from sharecropper's son to reconciliation leader. Perkins is a partner with SPU through the University's John Perkins Center. Learn more and watch the film trailer.