What is the sophomore slump?
Lemons and Richmond (1987) define sophomore slump as a "period of developmental confusion" and hypothesize that "sophomore slump results from student's struggles with achieving competence, desiring autonomy, establishing identity, and developing purpose."
Am I experiencing the sophomore slump?
The sophomore slump is a time of uncertainty and a time for growth. How will you know if you are experiencing symptoms of the sophomore slump? Answer the following questionnaire to find out.
Do you find yourself wondering...
- What am I doing here at Texas Tech University?
- Why do I have more questions now than during my first year?
- Are the people I hang around with really my friends?
- Why am I majoring in this, if I don't even like it?
- Why do I feel constantly overwhelmed?
- Why am I so confused about my future?
- Why am I not having as much fun as last year?
- Why do I feel like my parents are always pressuring me to know what I want to do with my life?
- Does everyone have life all figured out but me?
- Why am I so unmotivated?
If you find yourself answering yes to three or more of these questions since arriving at Texas Tech University, you could be suffering from the Sophomore Slump
How do I beat sophomore slump?
If you think you might be experiencing the "slump", there are many things you can do to cope:
- Take care of your physical well-being by:
- Eating regularly and get enough sleep
- Get involved in intramural sports
- Take a group exercise class at the student recreation center
- Meet with your academic advisor
- Explore classes that look fascinating
- Take a class for fun or self-expression
- Make a personal connection with a faculty member
- Look into and utilize the available academic support services
- Become involved in extracurricular activities
- Contact the Center for Campus Life Volunteer opportunities
- Visit the Student Union & Activities Office for information on student organizations
- Participate in fun and free events sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB)
- Become involved in your college or major organizations
- Explore Greek Life opportunities
- Visit the Student Counseling Center, located in the Student Wellness Center, 806-742-3674
- Realize that the sophomore slump is normal
- Identify if your schedule is too demanding or if you are over-committed
- Identify underlying stressors
- Learn means to assert your evolving identity
- Visit the Career Center, located in the Wiggins Complex, 806-742-2210
- Take the strong interest inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to find what types of careers or majors would be best for you
- Explore possible majors and learn about the careers associated with them
- Learn about internship opportunities