Welcome to A Quirky Twist’s college advice for sophomores! Today’s post is on overcoming the struggle also known as the sophomore slump. This doesn’t have to happen specifically during sophomore year, but it more than likely will happen for most at some point in college. The sophomore slump is that point in time where you wonder what it is you’re doing and why you’re there. So I have some advice to overcome this setback, keep in mind these are just suggestions and not proven hardcore facts. With that being said I have 4 tips for overcoming the struggle sophomore year.
- IT’LL MORE THAN LIKELY HAPPEN, SO LET IT
College is really hard a lot of the time, so of course there will come a time when you hit a wall and don’t think you can get over it. It’s definitely not good to sit around like this for weeks and months, but if you need a week to get yourself back on track that’s perfectly ok you’re not the only one. If you try too hard to work yourself more to overcome the slump, chances are you’ll more than likely burn yourself out, and it’ll be even harder to get over.
- THINK ABOUT WHY YOU’RE THERE
You came to college to get a degree, and if you didn’t you’re probably in the wrong place. You wanted to further your education so you could eventually get a job in your chosen career field. Don’t lose sight of your goals when you’re in a slump, they’ll help you get out of it. Maybe go to your favorite place on campus, or call someone from home and just think or talk through everything you’re going through. Your family and friends will hopefully be able to reassure you that you do belong and you can succeed; if you’re just thinking through your problems alone hopefully you can get back to viewing colleges as the glass is half full.
- THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE
If you’re at that moment where you’re thinking what’s the point of all this stress, think about your future. You’re working hard to get the future you want and deserve. Think about the city you want to move to after graduation, the dream job you want to get. When you reach that point where the here and now is too stressful for you think about what life will be like when you get over the slump. Think about how good you feel when you get past midterms and all the stress is behind you. Think about your happiest moments and the ones you want to create and soon the slump will be behind you.
- TAKE A DEEP BREATH
If nothing else, just pause and take a breath. Try not to worry about everything for an hour, a day, a moment and just relax. When your stress is high a really good thing to do is to try and relax. If you’re anything like me especially freshman year me, I would not be able to relax I needed everything to go to plan. College has taught me to not be so rigid in my thinking; some things are beyond my control. Don’t get me wrong I still love plans, but I’m more likely to take deep breaths and relax now if the plans don’t work out.
I hope this will help you when you start your second year in the fall. Another college advice post will be up next Tuesday! If you missed last week’s post on studying you can find it here. If you liked this post leave a comment down below!