Last Updated: July 22, 2013
Congratulations, College Freshmen! You did it. You completed your first amazing, scary, challenging and rewarding first year of college. Now, time to prepare for the next three. Sometimes it’s going to feel like doing an obstacle course, uphill, with no end in sight. Here are a few things to remember as a Sophomore that will make those next three years manageable and fun!
PICK A MAJOR.
If you haven’t chosen a major yet, sophomore year is the year to do it. The sooner you choose, the sooner you can register for the necessary classes and find internship opportunities. Keep in mind, you can always change your major. Don’t rush this decision, but choosing something will give you direction and clarify what it is that you want to do with your time in college. Visit Cappex for great tips on choosing a major!
MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR.
Your advisor will ensure you are registering for the necessary prerequisites and help you find the right major for you. It’s good to just check in with them, too. It’s easy to forget about other class requirements when you’re already focused on your current class schedule. On that note…
GET PREREQUISITES OUT OF THE WAY.
Use your sophomore year to take prerequisite courses that you’ll need for graduation, no matter what major you choose. Many colleges require foreign language or math courses in order to graduate. Do these now! Then you won’t have to take them as a senior focusing on more specialized classes.
PREPARE FOR INTERNSHIPS.
Research internship options that interest you. Even if you don’t know your major yet, doing some preliminary sleuthing might clarify what you really want to do when you aren’t a student any more. It will also inform you of opportunities available and deadlines for future reference.
Focus. Focus. Focus. It’s easy to get distracted or discouraged as a sophomore or junior in college. Schoolwork is probably tougher than you’re used to, or maybe there’s just more of it. Keep going! Don’t lose sight of your ultimate goal: proudly graduating with a degree you earned through hard work.
Find something outside of schoolwork that excites you! Join a club or start a group – just make sure it is fun and you enjoy being a part of it. Homework and classes are overwhelming enough. Find a hobby that lets you explore something new, but keep it light and positive.
Are you a college sophomore? Do you have any insider tips on choosing a major or staying focused? Join the discussion at Cappex!
Original Post Date: May 25th, 2012