Second Year Experience
The second year of university life can be a tricky one for many college students. Several second year students go through what is termed a “sophomore slump.” Symptoms include searching for identity and feeling uncertain about college. We’ve put together a list of activities to help you combat these bumps in the road.
Meet Your Second Year Success Coach
Mai Borges serves as a success coach for second-year students. Her role is to promote holistic student development, academically, socially, spiritually, and professionally.
Update Your Academic Plan
Meet with your academic advisor and ensure your academic plan, including proficiencies, for graduation is up-to-date.
Have you considered adding a minor to your coursework? If you have not already declared a minor but wish to do so, your second year is a great time to declare.
Find an Internship
Schedule an appointment with Career & Calling to work on your resume and begin the search for internships or summer jobs related to your major or career interest.
Consider Studying Abroad
Taking advantage of cross-cultural educational opportunities while studying at HBU will transcend your typical classroom learning experiences and expand your intellectual horizons.
Immersing yourself in a foreign setting as you spend a semester abroad or complete a yearlong internship in another country allows you to learn about the speed of globalization firsthand, improve your second language skills, and directly dialogue with frontline sources full of insightful information about international affairs.
For further information about studying abroad, contact Dr. Ronald Rexilius.
Join a new club, team, or organization. Visit the Student Involvement page to find out more about joining an organization
Interested in going on mission learning opportunities, serving or volunteering? Contact Jamar Mitchell.
Kick it up a notch by getting involved in intramurals. Visit the Campus Recreation page to find out more about club sports and intramurals.
Improve Your Study Skills
Visit the Academic Success Center. Sign up for tutoring for your most difficult classes or work on your writing. Academic coaching is available if you’re in need of improving your time management or general study skills.
Find a place to grow spiritually with others. Visit the Spiritual Life page to find out about different opportunities to meet with others and grow in your faith.
Ask for Help
If you’re feeling burned out or overwhelmed, do not be afraid to ask for help. Talk to someone about how you’re feeling – a friend, a family member, a professor, etc. You can also contact Counseling Services to set up an appointment to meet with a counselor.