Blog Post #454 Sophomore Year

Coaching for Life Success:  Sophomore Year

Moving on to your sophomore year:  What does the author suggest for making yourself remarkable and unique?  

Mentor:  If you haven’t found a good mentor, continue working on it.  

But, if you have a good mentor or have found one, meet with your mentor at least once a month.    

Is your mentor helping you?  How so? Have you built rapport with him/her?  

Can you build this relationship more?  Can you work it for an internship for the summer between your sophomore and junior year?  Internships are great opportunities to see if you like that major. I did faculty internships to build my skills in the computing field.  


Are you meeting other professionals?  Set a goal to network with professionals at least once a month.  Are their campus clubs or societies with your major? Are there groups in the community where you can network?  Can you shadow a professional for a day to see what their day is like?


Are you in the right major?  How do you know? Are you feeling confident?  (It is okay to change majors, but make it for the right reason.)

What kind of specializations might exist in that major? Taking that a step farther, what elective courses might you take to give you an advantage?

Don’t stay away from tough classes and tough teachers.  Being challenged is a good thing. You WILL be challenged on the job – might as well get used to it.

And … experiment with other academic fields.  Interested in another field? Take a class, get a minor in another field – or a double major.  Of the millions of university students across the world, having multiple backgrounds and multiple experiences can give you an advantage.  Broaden your skills and yet also narrow your skills to be what you want to be – and what should be in demand.

Also, expand your horizons.  Consider studying abroad (and make that a meaningful experience with both academics and travel).  


Soft skills (interaction with others) will also be important in your future.  Continue to work with organizations and clubs.

You may also consider work – either a paid job in your major field or a non-paid non-profit.   That can help you build soft skills. Be careful where you are and what you are doing. Keep the end in mind.  No complaining!!

Things to think about:

How are you working on your mentors and mentoring?

How can you build better and stronger networking relations?

How can you build your soft skills and build relationships?

Are you considering other majors or minors or studying abroad?  What areas?

Quote:  Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.  Calvin Coolidge


Posted by Bruce White

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