The second year can be a time of uncertainty and students may experience a “second year slump.” And it’s no wonder! Second year students experience a whole new set of stressors than they did during the first year. The thrill of the first year has faded and your student may be questioning some of the choices they made, they may think that everyone else has their future figured out, and they may feel added pressure from you to choose a specific path. And in the midst of it all, some may wonder if UMD is the right place for them. There is also added pressure to declare a major, find an internship, identify study abroad and/or service-learning opportunities, and more. The academic pressures increase, while the energy levels decrease.
In this year of soul-searching, it is important for second year students to stay active and connected to the university community. Whether through involvement in student activities, or sporting some Terp Pride at one of our football games, these connections and supports will serve students through their “second year slump” and throughout their career at Maryland.
After their first year of exploration, the second year is a time for students to find direction, and to start to move toward graduation with a chosen major. This year is also a time for students to begin to consider their future after college, and start to look into opportunities to explore their career aspirations. Encourage your student to identify and pursue some goal-centered activities to help explore some of their interests. Also be aware that your student may lean on you more this year as a support system to help him or her through what can be a confusing and overwhelming time for many students. Your advice and guidance, as well as your role as a mentor, will help anchor your student and propel them to have a successful year.
“Do good and be well” should be the mantra for the year.
Note: Students will no longer receive mid-semester/Early Warning Grades.
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