For second year students, emphasis is placed on picking a major or career goal and students can easily feel stressed if they are still unsure. Make sure that your student knows that they have options and that there are resources especially for them. Encourage them to get involved to find out about their interests.
Issue: Feelings of confusion and uncertainty may arise at the start of Sophomore Year. Your student may not be sure about whether they want to be in college.
Solution: Encourage your student to talk with their academic advisor about why they are here and what their plan is to graduate. Help your student make attainable goals and objectives for their second year.
Issue: Undeclared students may have feelings of anxiety because they are not sure of what major to choose. They may also be uncertain if their major chosen is the right choice.
Solution: Encourage your student to talk with an academic advisor and/or contact the Career and Professional Development Center to take an interest assessment. Students should also consider joining the Professional Development Institute to receive one to one mentoring, career advice and support as they make critical curricular and co-curricular choices which will inform their futures.
Issue: Less attention is focused on second year students about expectations and how things work.
Solution: Remind your student that they can ask the faculty/staff questions about things they are uncertain about.
Issue: Making connections with the campus community may not as easy as it was during your student’s first year because it may appear that there aren’t many programs aimed at sophomores.
Solution: Check out the Rosenberg Center for Student Involvement (CSI) website to find ways for students to get involved. Students should also take advantage of campus events advertised on the Daily Digest, in the student newspaper and through the schools and colleges at UB.
Issue: Stress and being overwhelmed may be starting to take your student on an emotional roller coaster.
Solution: Students can take care of their emotional well-being by visiting the Counseling Center.
Issue: Students may be overwhelmed with trying to keep things prioritized and remembering class assignments and events. You may also notice increased procrastination.
Solution: Student may purchase a planner from the bookstore to keep assignments and activities organized. Students can also visit the Achievement and Learning Center to visit with a Learning Consultant who can assist with skills such as time management.
Issue: Students begin to face anxiety over mid-terms and projects due at the halfway point of the semester.
Solution: Students should contact the Achievement and Learning Center for tutoring. Your student can also set up meetings with professors to discuss their success in the class.
Issue: Students begin to face economic anxiety as funds begin to run out.
Solution: Students are encouraged to search for on-campus job opportunities and create a budget.
Issue: Stress is starting to accumulate because the semester is about to end. Students tend to worry about grades for the end of the semester.
Solution: Recommend that your student meet with their professors to talk about their progress. Students should start studying for finals early.
Issue: Students begin registration for Spring classes and may have feelings of uncertainty about their major and what classes are needed.
Solution: Encourage your student to meet with their academic advisor.
Issue: Anxiety and fear increase as final exams approach and papers are due.
Solution: Students should write down all deadlines on a calendar and set aside time to study for tests and prepare papers. Students can also visit the Achievement and Learning Center to visit with a Learning Consultant who can assist with skills such as exam preparation and performance.
Issue: Trouble getting back into the groove of going to class, doing homework, studying, and participating co-curricular commitments.
Solution: Students should create a new calendar with all the new dates and times of commitments, tests, and assignments for the semester.
Issue: Thoughts of not having anything in common with friends made during student’s first year of college.
Solution: Students can look into ways to meet different people. They should check out involvement opportunities and service projects on the Center for Student Involvement and Diversity and Culture Center website.
Issue: Anxiety about career interest/internship.
Solution: Students can visit the Career and Professional Development Center to receive help with resume building, career/internship information.
Issue: Interest in Study Abroad but not sure how to go about it.
Solution: Students can visit the Diversity and Cultural Center and/or their school or college advising office to talk about possible options.
Issue: Anxiety about funding for next school term.
Solution: Students should look for information about scholarships/grants. Students are also encouraged to consult with a financial aid counselor in the Office of Financial Aid.
Issue: Spring Break is approaching and no plans have been made.
Solution: Encourage your student to consider using their Spring Break to do something constructive. Check out information on alternative Spring Break options with the Helen P. Denit Honors Program, the Diversity and Culture Center and/or the Rosenberg Center for Student Involvement.
Issue: Unsupervised Spring Break trip.
Solution: Encourage your student to be responsible. Students should discuss the logistics of trips with other attendees (finances, travel, etc.).
Issue: Mid-terms are approaching and procrastination has increased due to Spring Break.
Solution: Encourage your student to keep track of test dates. Students can also visit the Achievement and Learning Center.
Issue: Registration for Fall Classes.
Solution: Students should meet with their Academic Advisor.
Issue: Social events add to procrastination and lack of focus.
Solution: Encourage your student to remember their priorities.
Issue: Plans for the summer.
Solution: If your student is considering taking summer classes, they should talk with their Academic Advisor. Your student may also visit the Career and Professional Development Center for assistance with finding a summer job.