Goals: Not Just for First Year

24 Jul

Freshman year is finally over, thank goodness! No more term papers, no more exams, no more 8am’s! Life is pretty great right now, and you’ve got this college thing all figured out…or do you? First year came with a lot of challenges, that is definitely true, but could Sophomore year be just as hard if not harder than first year? Honestly? No, it most likely will not be as challenging socially as your first year was, but it does have its challenges. Provided are four issues I faced during my sophomore year, and some solutions to each.

The after college problem.

The after college problem is just that, trying to figure out what you want to do AFTER you get your degree. Most of Freshman year was spent figuring out what you wanted to study. Sophomore year is the best time to begin this journey because you will have plenty of time to figure out what you want to do, and the steps you need to get there. If you are trying to go straight into the work force, you can begin building connections with people in that force. If you want to go to Grad School, you can begin volunteering and internships.

The scheduling problem.

Last year, you probably blindly took the classes you needed not paying any attention to time or location. This year though, you are wiser, you have experience and you definitely DO NOT want another 8am! Unfortunately, not all the classes you want to take will be at an ideal time. One huge part of Sophomore year is compromise. You need to compromise based on what is most important to you: do you want the ideal professor, time, or place. If you are really lucky, you might get all three, but in all reality, you will have to give up at least one of them.

The extra-curricular problem.

Now that you have the hang of balancing school work and having a social life you want to throw in another curve ball…why not join a club? Joining a club adds on not only stress but also fees that you might not be aware of. I am NOT saying that you shouldn’t join a club, I strongly believe that they are a pivotal part of the college experience, but you need to make sure you are not biting off more than you can chew. Make sure the club is something you are interested, if not, then you are just throwing money away.

The apartment problem. 

Ah, apartments. The defining moment of college life, moving out of the dorms and into your very own apartment. You have everything you could want, your own bathroom, plenty of space, and best of all…three random roommates? Moving out of the dorms is a big step, but make sure it is one you are ready for. Do some research, make sure it is near campus, or has a shuttle. Check out the apartments, get a tour. See if it comes furnished, see if there is a pet policy. Try to meet roommates ahead of time so you don’t end up living with a stranger. With independence comes responsibility, so make sure you are ready for it!

You may have all, some, or none of these issues during your Sophomore year, but all I am saying is be prepared if it is not as smooth as you think it might be. With all that being said, Freshman year was fun, but Sophomore year is the best, so make sure to enjoy it!

-Chrissy

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2 Responses to “Goals: Not Just for First Year”

  1. Sheyla October 12, 2016 at 9:21 PM #

    May I ask what year this blog post was made?

    • chrissy172014 October 12, 2016 at 9:26 PM #

      Hello,

      I made this summer of 2016. May I ask why?

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