Tips for Success

Sophomores

Congratulations on successfully completing your first year at USF!. Your sophomore year is a time of great transition, full of exciting and challenging opportunities. This is a year of growth. You will experience greater academic demands from your classes, higher expectations from your instructors, and increased need for strong time management skills.

Here are 5 top tips for getting the most growth out of your sophomore year at USF:

  1. Reconnect with friends you made in your first year and explore ways to grow your network. Perhaps it's joining a new club or checking out more campus activities. Check out Student Affairs activities for ideas and opportunities.

  2. Develop your relationships with major advisors, faculty and staff. These are the people vital to your academic success. Get to know them personally, so they are aware of you and your goals.

  3. Integrate educational enhancement activities to your academic plan. This is the time to consider study abroad, internships, service learning, and research opportunities and how they will aid your academic and career goals.

  4. Utilize Career Services. They can assist you in finding internships and part-time jobs and they can assist you in researching your career interest. Researching your career interests to ensure your major and other activities support your goals is important at this time.

  5. Improve your health. This is a great year to develop healthy routines that you can rely on throughout the rest of your time at USF. The Center for Student Well-Being offers a wide range of information and resources to assist you.

 

Here are 3 pitfalls students can experience in their sophomore year and how to avoid them:

  1. Feeling disconnected or uncertain regarding their academic goals. It is not uncommon for students in their second year to question their major choice or their motivation for their selected major. This is the best time to either make a change of major or re-energize your commitment to your major. If you are considering changing majors you should set an appointment with the Reselection Advisor in the Office of Academic Advocacy. If you want to stay in your major but are lacking motivation, set an appointment with your major advisor to specifically discuss your goals and strategies for engaging in the department to better see the relevance of the major to your future goals.

  2. Overcoming a lack of satisfaction in your first year academic performance. It is not too late to make up for a poor first year performance or to make improvements on a satisfactory academic performance. Take advantage of Tutoring Services and the Writing Studio and talk to advisors about strategies for improving your GPA.

  3. Feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Many students in their second year start to worry about their future or feel overwhelmed with the new demands and expectations. The Counseling Center offers workshops and one on one counseling to help students work through these feelings and develop skills and strategies to better cope.