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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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I’m writing today to provide an update on Adenovirus on our campus. 

I am writing to make you aware of a campus-wide communication that was distributed to students yesterday, as well as some FAQs from the University Health Center that include important information for parents/families about health concerns related to adenovirus.

Flu and other virus season is upon us again and I’m writing with some things to consider. We are seeing many ill students (as is typical in the fall) with fevers and sick symptoms for a variety of reasons.

Katherine Tully, Ph.D., assistant professor of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, was recently awarded $1.1 million by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to further her research on sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

The University of Maryland has named Damon Evans as Athletic Director of the Maryland Terrapins.

The University of Maryland announces today that former Vice President Al Gore will deliver the university’s commencement address on Sunday, May 20, 2018. 

Jan 21 : Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes; university closed)
Jan 28 : First day of Spring Semester classes