What are the biggest adjustments sophomore students will be facing?
Tending 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 affect the 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.
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 a major.
Helping your Central sophomore as they transition through this period –
Try your best to be unconditionally supportive of their ideas and decisions about a major but don’t be afraid to offer suggestions
Make sure they know what they are experiencing is normal
Be aware of the resources on campus for your son or daughter, such as the Career Center , Counseling Center , Office of Intercultural Life, Office of Residential Learning, Health Service, Student Activities Center , etc.