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Sophomore Year

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The sophomore year can be a time of uncertainty and students may experience a “sophomore slump.” And it’s no wonder!  Sophomores 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 sophomores 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 “sophomore slump” and throughout their career at Maryland.

After their freshman year of exploration, the sophomore 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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Whether it’s medical school, graduate school, or the job market, interviewers have been working diligently to admit and accept the most academically qualified candidates. 

Are you worried that when you talk to your student on the phone, they seem to be doing anything but studying? Or conversely, do they seem to be studying all the time? The truth is students can't and shouldn't work and study every chance they get. Click here to learn 6 ways your Terp can become more active and successful!

Prudent universities everywhere are turning to bike shares to solve their transportation needs, and the University of Maryland is no exception. Here’s everything you need to know about this important and exciting facet of our transportation network.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Terp Family Fundamentals webinar on supporting your student's academic success.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A letter from President Loh to incoming parents and families.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Congratulations to Robert Ader III on winning an academic year on-campus room and premium dining plan for 2017-2018!

Dec 11 : Last day of Fall classes
Dec 12 : Reading Day
Dec 13 : Final exams begin