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.
College, like life, is continually changing. The big questions that emerge in the sophomore year are questions students will face again in life. Parents can be most helpful to students by understanding this phase, reassuring students that this is a normal experience, and encouraging students to take advantage of all resources available at SPU.
"We care about the success of every student," says Vice President of Academic Affairs Les Steele. "Faculty advisors want to help students work through these challenges so that every student can graduate from Seattle Pacific."
How can students deal with the sophomore slump?
What practical steps can students take to combat the sophomore slump?
For more insights into how to help your student work through the pressures of the sophomore slump, read advice from faculty, staff, and parents in our article How to Choose a Major.