Sophomore SlumpPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/students/sophomores/slump.html
Research suggests that during the sophomore year, students may experience a
period of confusion and uncertainty (Furr & Gannaway, 1982). There are
many new challenges sophomores experience when they return to college.
Unlike freshmen, sophomores receive less attention about the expectations
of college life. Combined with the push to declare a major, find an internship,
and decide whether or not to study abroad leads sophomores to fall
into the "sophomore slump."
There are three general areas that cause sophomores the most stress:
- Pressure to choose a major
- Taking upper-level classes with juniors and seniors who may have formed closer
relationships with professors
- Uncertainty about the direction of their life
- Feelings of guilt about the time and money gone into college when
they are uncertain about the direction of their life.
- Changing and challenging of previously held family values
- Desire for intimacy increases
- Friendship ties at home decrease
- Desire to not go home on breaks
Do you want to know if you are experiencing the “Sophomore Slump”?
Do you find yourself wondering any of the following:
- What am I doing here at MSU?
- Why do I have more questions now than when I first got here?
- Who are these people I hang around with that I thought were my friends?
- Why am I majoring in this, even if I don’t like it?
- Why am I constantly overwhelmed?
- Why do I see only negatives in my life?
- Why can’t I find time to relax?
- Why am I so uncertain about my future?
- Why am I not having as much fun as last year?
Why am I ready to cry if the smallest thing goes wrong?
- Why do I feel like my parents are constantly pressuring me to know what I want to do with my life?
- Does everyone have this all figured out but me?
- Why am I so unmotivated and/or anxious?
If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, you could be suffering from the “sophomore slump”