After a freshman year of new experiences and excitement, students sometimes experience a “sophomore slump.” You might, for example, confront a sense of indecision in your personal and/or academic life, even as your courses become more difficult and you must declare a concentration. You may also be faced with considerations such as financial constraints, internships and employment, and/or off-campus housing arrangements. Still, as sophomores, you have the benefit of being more prepared to access the resources you learned about as freshmen, and negotiate the institution more independently.
Some psychologists have described sophomore year as a “period of developmental confusion.” It represents a time where some students second-guess their educational goals, reassess personal and professional ambitions, and reevaluate some relationships. We often suggest increased involvement in student organizations (especially leadership positions) to provide a network of both academic contacts and friends at The New School. We also recommend you develop and reinforce relationships with faculty and staff to identify prospective mentors. If you feel any concerns during the sophomore year, please don’t hesitate to speak with your academic advisor or faculty advisor; we are available to help you navigate through these issues, and turn “sophomore slump” into sophomore success.