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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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Learn more about supporting your Terp through the housing selection process in this webinar from the Offices of Parent & Family Affairs and Resident Life.

Help us evaluate and improve our communication, services, and programs for parents/families of undergraduate students. Participate in our biennial survey and you could win one of several great prizes. 

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. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Office of Parent and Family Affairs is conducting our biennial survey of the parents/families of the university’s undergraduate students. 

La Oficina para Asuntos de Padres y Familias realiza una encuesta cada dos años a los padres/familias de los estudiantes no graduados. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The University Health Center is proud to introduce parents and families to a new student organization, Terps for Recovery (TFR). 

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Department of Resident Life is committed to providing on-campus housing to the greatest number of students possible. Looking ahead to next fall, we recommend that you begin considering next year's housing plans with this outlook in mind.

Apr 29 : Maryland Day
May 11 : Last day of Spring Semester classes
May 12 : Reading Day