Tips For Sophomore Year

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Tips For Sophomore Year

By Abigail Davis

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Sophomore year is a weird time for most students. You are no longer a freshman, but you are not quite “ruling the school” yet. This year, you are getting used to the routine of a high school student, but there are still many things you don’t know. When I was a sophomore, I had no idea what to expect.  I didn’t try very hard as a freshman, so it was a rude awakening when I received piles of homework every night. I had high hopes for myself, but I didn’t know how to follow through with them. Below is a list of tips and tricks I wish I knew as an incoming sophomore.

  1. Work Hard

It is so important to put all of your effort into everything you turn in. When you try your best, you end up getting the best results. Sometimes it is hard to keep up momentum when you’re hours into studying, but keep in mind that everything will be much easier once you finish. You will never regret spending an extra hour or two on something when it can help you raise your grade, but you will most likely regret going out with your friends and blowing off school work.

       2. Get Involved

Sophomore year is one of the best times to join extra curricular activities like clubs and/or sports. Try signing up for everything that possibly interests you, and see what you like the best.

“For incoming sophomores, I think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and explore new things. Find something you are passionate about and continue to challenge yourself. It is important to get involved whether it be a sport or club, find something you like and pursue it,” junior Jennifer Si said.

3. Don’t Give Up

It can be hard to keep going when you’re studying for a test in the middle of the night, but don’t give up. When you keep pushing through and doing your best, success will follow. Keep your goals in mind and don’t lose sight of what is important. Not everything will come easily to you, so make sure to put your best foot forward and stay on top of your work. It is easy to fall behind, but don’t let procrastination get in your way of succeeding.

       4. Take Time For Yourself

It can be really easy to get overwhelmed by everything going on your sophomore year. Trying to juggle grades, extra curricular activities, and a social life is harder than it sounds. That’s why it is so important to have some “me time.” Everyday try to take a minute or two to de-stress and feel better. Don’t lose yourself in your work, stay grounded and know your limits.

       5. Ask For Help. 

If you don’t understand material, approaching your teacher is the best way to get help. It’s their job to help you learn and grow. If you still need help, try going to the Lit Center and ask.

“Something that really helped my sophomore year was taking advantage of the resources I had. When I needed help in one of my classes, I asked my teachers to explain materials I was confused about before or after class,” junior Callieh Mohr said.

It is extremely important to try your best sophomore year, and to make sure you are getting involved. You are still towards the beginning of high school, but you aren’t far from junior year either. As long as you stay on top of your work and use all of your resources you will do fine. High school can be a really stressful time, but it is also important to kick back and enjoy your time as a teenager.