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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Sophomore Jump

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Ten "Sophomore Jump" Solutions

It is important to recognize that the sophomore slump really exists.
If you think that you might be experiencing the sophomore slump,
there are many things you can do to help. Now is the time to be
proactive, to ask questions, and to find solutions. There are
many campus resources available to assist you.

1. Take care of your physical well-being

  • Eat balanced meals
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night 
  • Exercise at least 3 times a week
  • Join an intramural team or Sport Club 

Campus Recreation
Location: 118 Myers Field House
Phone: 507-389-6215
Student Health Services
Location: 21 Carkoski Commons
Phone: 507-389-6276

2. Talk to your academic advisor and professors

  • Make a personal connection with your advisor and professors 
  • Create a balanced schedule of coursework and co-curricular involvement
  • Assess your strengths, interests, skills, and aspirations

If you are undeclared, your advisor is the Office of First Year Experience

If you don't know who your academic advisor is, contact our office

Office of First Year Experience

Location: 10 Gage Complex

Phone: 507-389-5498

3. Utilize career assistance 

Career Development Center (CDC)

Location: 209 Wigley Administration

Phone: 507-389-6061

4. Get involved 

  • Volunteer
  • Get involved in a Reconized Student Organization (RSO)
  • Seek out leadership opportunities
  • Make connections through Greek Life 

Student Activities

Location: 173 Centennial Student Union

Phone: 507-389-6076

5. Take advantage of campus events

Check out all sorts of events at

6. Talk to a counselor 

  • Recognize that the sophomore slump is normal
  • Identify if your schedule is too demanding or too easy 
  • Learn techniques to handle stress

Counseling Center

Location: 245 Centennial Student Union

Phone: 507-389-1455

7. Undeclared? Or declared, but not commited to your major?

Register for CSP 110: Decision Making for Career and Life

  • CSP 110 falls under General Education Goal Area 2: Critical Thinking
  • During the course you will take self assessments to discover how your unique personality, interests, skills, values, and aspirations fit with career/major options. In addition, you will research careers and their outlook as well as learn effective job searching, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing skills.

8. Study abroad

  • Explore the benefits of studying abroad
  • Discover the academic, personal, and career benefits of a more global education!

Kearney International Center

Location: 250 Centennial Student Union

Phone: 507-389-1281

9. Assess your study skills

  • Utilize campus tutoring and academic support

Center for Academic Success

Location: 125 Memorial Library

Phone: 507-389-1791

  • Receive accomodations if you have a documented disability

Office of Disability Services

Location: 132 Memorial Library

Phone: 507-389-2825

10. Manage your finances

  • Research available types of aid
  • Understand FASFA application guidelines
  • Create a budget and manage your money

Student Financial Services

Location: 120 Wigley Administration

Phone: 507-389-1866