Logo
301-314-8429

Feedback

My Student is a ...

Feedback

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Sophomore Year

2 male students facing forward

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.

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view, download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Office of Parent & Family Affairs hosted the Department of Resident Life to engage families proactively in the event their student experiences roommate/community conflict. Staff spoke about how they assist students through their first roommate/community conflicts and shared their experience to help you help you student when they call home for advice.

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!

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!

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. 

Oct 22 to Oct 28
: Homecoming Week
Nov 21 to Nov 26
: North Campus Residence Halls close, 7pm; South Campus Halls remain open, Dining halls close at end of business day
Nov 22 : South Campus Service Desks close 4pm
Nov 24 to Nov 25
: South Campus Service Desks re-open 11am-4pm
Nov 26 : North Campus Residence Halls re-open, 10am; South Campus Service Desks resume 24-hour operations, 9am; Dining Halls re-open at 4pm