In the past 6 weeks I have been trying to handle the beginning of my Sophomore year in college. In high school, however, I remember Sophomore year as such a comfortable time. I knew my campus, I knew how to study, I knew my friends, I supposedly knew it all. But oh dear how college is different. This time around, I’ve learned a lot from Freshman year but I still am just trying new things until I get them right.
Sophomore year in college is a whole new ballpark. First off, living in an apartment is definitely different than living in a dorm. You have to either drive or take the bus everywhere and that means actually planning your days out. My friends who are Freshman still text me at weird times of the day asking me to come over and all I can think is, “uh where am i supposed to park? like it will take awhile to get there” Secondly, this is my first year balancing a job, a full class load, and research. And boy, do I miss the days of Freshman year where I had time to take a four hour nap every day. Every second of my day is planned out either in class, studying on breaks, in my research lab, or in my office. Sometimes, and I mean sometimes, I have time to watch an episode of Friends. Thirdly, my friends don’t live across the hall from me anymore. I have to actually make plans in advance with them, not just hope they’re home and knock on their door. All of these things I never thought of until they happened in the past few years, I still don’t know where to park to meet my friends on campus, I still don’t know how to fit in my four hour nap that sometimes I so desperately need.
Now, I certainly am not hating on Sophomore year. There’s so many perks and the biggest one for me is trying new things now that I know what didn’t work for me last year. I hated football games last year, this year I went with new friends and we stay until the game ends every single week. Last year, I worried so much on fixing relationships that were, well let’s be honest, they were doomed. This year I know to focus my attention on people who lift me up and make as much effort as I do to be friends. Freshman year is so fun and exciting but Sophomore year is too, in a new fast paced learning curve type of way. The best way that I’ve found to look at college is to enjoy what every second brings whether it’s learning to love something new or learning that you definitely do not love something (like I may have learned that I really do hate geology…)