The Rhythm of Gustavus Sophomore Students
Changing With the Seasons
Some of the biggest adjustments sophomore students can be facing
- Tend to feel removed from campus life and may fall into The Sophomore Slump
- The Sophomore Slump can be defined as doubting lifestyle choices; dissatisfaction in relationships; uncertainty regarding the future; lacking motivation and increased apathy
- Freedman in 1956 determined that “sophomores seemed to be the least satisfied of all students.”
- Exploring and choosing a major/career is a dilemma, which can be influenced by parent approval/disapproval or personal interest
- A rising need for students to take ownership of their education and career path
- Depending on ability to develop emotional independence and autonomy, the student may allow parent approval/disapproval to effect decision to choose a particular major or career path.
- Establishing involvement in organizations and activities to develop leadership skills and values
- May allow peer group to define who they are as individuals
- Students may experience depression
- May be questioning their identity, sexual orientation, relationships with parents, relationships with girlfriends or boyfriends or lack of intimate relationships
- At the end of the sophomore year students should have narrowed in on major
Helping your Gustavus sophomore as they spread their wings
Rhythm month by month, Rhythm of First-Year Students, Rhythm of Junior Students, and Rhythm of Senior Students.