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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 Life for ideas and opportunities.

  2. Develop relationships within your major. Connecting with Academic Advisors, faculty and staff is vital to your academic success. Get to know them personally so they better aquanited with your profressional and academic goals.

  3. Integrate high impact practices into 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. Affirm your major and career goals. Utilize Career Services to assist you in finding internships and part-time jobs. They can also assist you in researching your career interest, which can help you ensure your major and other activities to support your future goals. 

  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 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.