Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year

Almost everyone's seen the familiar words.  "Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year" is the title of countless Facebook albums along with lots of hearts and smileys.  It just turned into something people used to describe sophomore year without anyone really realizing it.  Most people never even stopped to question what the title actually meant, they just liked the way it looked or sounded, but I can personally vouch for its truth.  Well, half of it at least.

I never thought my friends and I would be the types of people that would fall into the "Sophomore slump" but we did.  It wasn't intentional.  I fully intended to keep doing all of my homework exactly on time and not procrastinate and be the perfect student I'd always been trained to be, but as the year went on I found myself caring less and less.  I saw it happening with everyone else too.  Instead of doing our homework thoroughly the night before, we started leaving it for the next day during class, only doing as much as it took to get by.  I'm not really sure what happens to sophomores but it's happened to me and my friends.  Maybe it's senioritis come two years early, but I'm hoping it's just the sophomore slump.

Has anyone else fallen into the sophomore slump lately?  What do you think happens?

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Comment by Soumya Vhasure on May 17, 2012 at 6:20pm

I can definitely say that I've fallen into the sophomore slump! I just don't feel like doing my homework and I put things off until way later than I usually did. Like you said, it's not intentional. I tell myself, "I'm gonna get all my homework done tonight," and then I end up saving one or two subjects for before school the next day. However, I've never let it get so far that it affects my grades or anything.

I think this happens because sophomore year is like an in-between year. You're not excited about high school anymore (like you were freshman year) but you're not really taking the classes you want to take yet (junior and senior years). Many students will take health, consumers ed, and/or drivers ed. None of those classes are particularly interesting or fun, but they're required for graduation. You also begin taking the ACT and PSAE for practice, and many students feel like it's a waste of their time. Homecoming and turnabout aren't anything new anymore, but you're still not (technically) allowed to attend prom. It's just a year where everything seems like the same old and you just have to do the things you're told. And nobody likes that.

PS- I used that picture in one of my blogs, too!

Comment by Yuri Shibata on May 17, 2012 at 7:50pm

I wouldn't say I've fallen into the sophomore slump but I've definitely been on the edge a couple times this year. Last year, I honestly had about 1-2 hours worth of homework each night. Sophomore year, I would have to study/do homework from the minute I got home until 10:30 or later nonstop just to finish everything that was due the next day. I've always been the kind of student that does all their homework, studies, and gets good grades but having to study for 7+ hours each night without any free time except for a few hours during the weekend gets really tiring. There have been many times when I just wanted to give up and stop learning all together but somehow, I was able to get out of those situations by pushing myself to study even harder and doing exercise conditions to help maintain focus. 

Honestly, I don't really know why the sophomore slump happens. I guess we all just get a bit bored and tired of school. Lack of excitement is another factor. Graduation is still a couple years ahead and nothing is really new anymore either.  For me, it would have to be the amount of stress. I got stressed out all the time, which made me not want to do anything.

Comment by Grant Tworek on May 17, 2012 at 10:11pm
I completely agree with you Jacquelyn. At the beginning of the year I strived to get the best grades as possible and tried to limit bad grades. As the last quarter has set in, I have found myself being more and more bored with school and ending up doing my homework in class so I did not have to do it at night. Although homework has been more of a pain to get done, I do not think that it all has to do with being close to summer. Being involved in a spring sport has put a major dent in my time at home. Now, I get home around 6:30 every night, and by the time I eat and shower, it is already 7:15. This gives me a limited time to do homework and have time to do watch TV or do something else. This has caused my grades to suffer as well, and now since summer is so close, it seems like everyone has checked out. With only a few weeks to go, many people have already given up on school and are looking forward to summer more than anything.
Comment by Laura Smearman on May 18, 2012 at 10:39am

I would probably have to admit I have fallen into the sophomore slump recently. It's funny because the other day one of my friends asked me as I rushed to finish my math homework before the 1st period bell, "Do you ever do your homework anymore?" I still have been doing my homework and studying but I often save assignments for last minute, sometimes I do them just a period before they are due. I still make sure my grades are where I want them to be, but my procrastination has increased as my motivation has decreased. Part of this is probably because summer is so near.

Comment by Hannah LaBarge on May 18, 2012 at 2:27pm

If I have ever had such a thing, I would have to say I had it in the beginning of my sophomore year.  Last year and every year prior, I vigorously checked my assignment notebook to make sure I had all of my homework done, and I had not missed a single thing that could leave me behind everyone else.  I was very much on top of my school work.  Then we went back to school in August; I had 1st period study hall, so I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but I would just put off my homework the night before and tell myself that I would do it all in study hall tomorrow morning.  I never had enough time to finish it all, so I ended up finishing the rest of it in other classes.  Second semester now, I have 8th period study hall and I'm back to my normal ways once again.  It feels better knowing that I have everything under control.

Comment by Rachel Hellwarth on May 18, 2012 at 4:07pm

To be perfectly honest, I get kind of annoyed when every other sophomore complains, "I already have senioritis!" No, you've been going to Fremd for two years, you have no idea what it feels like to be a senior!  We're only halfway done, I find it startling that sophomores are already completely bored of Fremd. I think the laziness that everyone is feeling is just because summer is so close.

Comment by Tahjae Austin on May 19, 2012 at 12:01am

I can definitely agree. During my grammar school years and completing my freshman year, I had all A's and B's. I've always had a procrastination about myself but as I came into my sophmore year, I began to get laxadazy. I didn't work as hard as i needed  to. I start doing all of my homework in the morning and completingbig projects the day before it's due. This caused alot of stressing and it I only began to care less and less until i realized if I started slacking now, it would be hard to get my gpa up. I think it's a mind thing. Sophmores maybe thinking they still have two more years left so they have time to get grades back up. They get lazy and plan to pick it back up when they start jr. year not realizing they are going to have to work really hard to get grades and gpa's back up.

Comment by Caili Chen on May 19, 2012 at 12:12am

I totally agree that there is a Sophmore Slump. When you're a Sophmore, you aren't excited about high school anymore. It's also when I think a lot of people are starting or deciding what they want to major in or what kind of job that they want. Once students know their direction, many classes just seem useless. Everyday becomes routine.

Comment by Katie Kelly on May 19, 2012 at 12:19am
I definitely noticed this within me and my friends. we literally have no motivation to do anything school related. but personally i don't think it's "sophomore slump" I think everyone just really wants summer. it seems like this year especially everyone is counting down the days until school is over. whenever I check my twitter timeline or my Facebook newsfeed it seems like all I see is people complaining about school and wanting summer!
Comment by Jamey Robar on May 21, 2012 at 9:31pm

I noticed it with my friends and I too. I had never heard of Sophomore Slump before so we had always called it an early case of senoritis. As Freshman we are all driven because its high school and its the rest of our lives on the line. As a Sophomore we are trying to have a good tie before buckling down next year with ACTs and SATs, college visits, and really trying to figure out who we are. And I know that as the countdown to summer has become more and more surreal, the care I have has been going down because its like "Summer is in like 3 weeks. I honestly don't care about this class. I'm done." My friend just said that friday about a hard quiz we had. And later we both said our senoritis is here.


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