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Vandal Sophomore Year

Your second year is the time for you to hone in on what you love. What brings you the most joy? What gets you heart racing and puts a smile on your face? Did you enjoy something your fist year that you didn't expect?

Are you freaking out a little bit because you don't know what to do when you "grow-up"? You're not alone. We know that all around the nation students in their second year suffer from what's called the "Sophomore Slump."

You might be feeling like you don't know what you want to do for a career; that you haven't made real friends;  or you don't have someone to go to when you need help; or that you don't have anything you like about Moscow or our campus, and you just want to go home.

The good news is that we care about you, and we have lots of support and resources from staff, students, faculty, and the University community. We want you here, we want you to have  a great time, and we want to see you succeed.

What qualifies as a sophomore? The University considers those between 26-57.9 credits to be a sophomore. 

  • I hate my major, what do I do now?
  • I don't know what to do with my life.
    • Answer these questions:  What brings you the most joy? What makes you feel the most alive? Why do you wake up in the morning?
    • Get direction by identifying your values
    • Career Center advising.
  • I don't feel like doing anything and I'm always tired.
    • Eating and activity is the KEY, really, it's really important. Our campus dietitian  has some great tactics to share.
    • Have a Vandal Card? Get over to the  Student Recreation Center and shake, move, sweat, spin, sauna, zumba...whatever just move. 
    • Intramurals is a more competitive way to get active. 
  • I want different friends.
    • Find a student organization from more than 200 on our campus, or start your own. 
    • Volunteering brings lots of different people together for the common good.  
    • Say "hi" to someone new in a class. 
  • I never know what's going on.
    • University of Idaho's calendar is rad.  
    • Check your student planner. 
    • Look at a bulletin board there is one in each building, but you actually have to read them. 
    • Read the Argonaut
    • Come to the Idaho Commons 302. 

  • I'm homesick.
    It's okay, we know adjusting to a new place is tough. Maybe this whole college thing was a lot different than you expected. Here are a couple things to try.
    • Get out of your room: go to a Vandal Entertainment event, scope your living group for others who have an xbox, study in the Commons or downtown Moscow.  
    • Limit Facebook or Skype, or phone calls with folks from home. It might sound weird but if all you do is spend time with people somewhere else it's likely you'll continue to feel homesick. 
    •  As you make an effort to get out and talk with others allow yourself a couple bad days, then focus on challenging yourself to build connections with others. 
    • If you can't kick the feeling, you can set up a meet to chat with folks from our Counseling and Testing Center
  • I need money.
    Where's the money at?!

    • Some leadership positions are paid, check out options here
    • Check out the listing of on or off campus jobs with Student Financial Aid
    • Go visit Student Financial Aid in the Student Union Building to make sure your FAFSA is up to date.