Freshman year flew by! You passed all of your classes, made new friends, and you can’t wait to get back to school in the fall. You know the ropes and professors and other faculty will be a little harder on you and expect a little more out of you.
Sophomore year may present you with some new challenges. If you haven’t already, it is time to start thinking about where you are going to live, what are you going to major in, and what classes you need to take.
Living on your own vs. Living in the dorms
Sophomore year is the opportunity to move out of the dorms. Searching for an off-campus house or apartment is time consuming and you want to make sure you choose the right people to live with. Remember, living with your friends may not always be the best idea. If you decide to live off campus you should look for something in walking distance if you can. The amenities aren’t so important because typically your campus will provide you with all you need such as a pool or work out facility. If you decide to stay on campus and live in the dorms, you know what to expect.
If you choose to live in the dorms again your sophomore year your meal plan decision will be an easy one. If you decide to live off campus, you have the difficult decision on what meal plan to be on. You now have the option of grocery shopping and preparing your own meals which means you won’t need to frequent the cafeteria as much.
Declare you major
This is a big one. It is totally acceptable to go through your freshman year undeclared but sophomore year is the time to buckle down and decide your future. Do you go with something that you’re passionate about or do you choose a field where you know you will make money? Should you choose a minor or discipline? Should you double major? These are all questions to ask yourself before deciding what your major is. If you decide to hold off on deciding it could put you in jeopardy of not graduating on time or having to take on an overloaded schedule.
Choosing your class schedule
All of your pre-requisites and required general education classes are out of the way and it is time to move on to the real stuff. You now have to put thought into the classes you sign up for and ask yourself some questions. Does this class fill a requirement for my major? Does this class serve as an elective? Who is teaching this class? Do I need to take the introduction class first?
You also have to be on top of things when registering for classes. Some classes are only offered once per fiscal year, either only in the fall or spring. If you do not sign up quickly the class can fill up and you can be at risk for not completing the classes required for your major on time.
As a sophomore you are more experienced, and you have had the opportunity to meet some professors. This puts you in the position to choose who you want to take a class with and who you don’t, which is also something to think about when creating your class schedule.
Once you get these tricky decisions out of the way you can go back to enjoying college!