The Sophomore Slump


By Sasha Zuflacht

It’s cold, it’s wet, and it’s unavoidable: welcome to wintertime. With all its beauty, many take advantage of skiing or snowboarding, building snowmen, or just enjoying the fresh air. However, it can be overwhelming and there is a lot more to worry about. It takes that much longer to get to class, and it is that much colder when you leave the library late at night. It’s harder to go out and harder to mobilize. While the Nott looks beautiful covered in white powder, I would prefer the sun shining and green grass surrounding the landmark.

Without a doubt, winter is a difficult season. Many of us would rather cuddle up with a good movie instead of studying for a test or writing a research paper. Winter depression anyone? Or, is there a bigger issue at play, specifically for the sophomores out there? I had heard the phrase before but never understood its implication until now: the Sophomore Slump.

I hope not to generalize too much, but I have found sophomore year to be an interesting time. We aren’t the new freshman anymore; we have a year of experience under our belts and a whole lot more knowledge. We have found our favorite study nooks, grown our social circle, and learned how to handle our academic studies. For the most part, we have established a routine.

Fall term made this more exciting and mixed up, especially for those of us who chose to pledge a sorority or fraternity. Our time, more than we would have liked, was devoted to Greek life and all its anxiety and excitement. Thankfully, that process is over and most of us reached out initial goal of becoming a sister or brother. But,  now we have this huge void of time and it is very unfamiliar.

Putting this aside, what is it about the sophomore slump that feels so real? Over the course of sophomore year, a lot is thrown our way.  The fact that we have to start thinking about the future and possible careers is pretty daunting. We need to finalize our majors and begin looking for internships. We have to choose what we want to make of ourselves. Adding this overwhelming to-do list to the wintertime conditions is brutal. I think an important way to make this term work is through motivation. We have to stay positive.

It’s hard to explain our position on campus because we are not yet upperclassmen, but we are no longer new freshmen. We are effectively in a funk. What are we doing here? Are we making the best of our situation? The answers vary for everyone. I am starting to realize the college experience is all about what you make of it. Find something you are passionate about and get involved. Strive to do your best in classes. Strengthen your friendships and expand your social scene.

As sophomores we can’t let this slump get the best of us. Winter will pass and so will another year at Union. Before we know it we’ll be juniors, then seniors and eventually we will have to function in the real world. Intimidating thoughts, but an exciting path.


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