The Sophomore Experience

Welcome to this special section of the Puget Sound website devoted to the sophomore experience.

The sophomore year is an exciting and challenging time for many students. Choosing and declaring a major, contemplating studying abroad, questioning future personal and professional goals – there are several choices to ponder! This site is dedicated to enhancing the sophomore experience. We seek to provide resources and information about academic and co-curricular events happening around campus in an effort to make the second year at a Puget Sound as meaningful and successful as possible.

Beyond these annual events, sophomores also have many other opportunities to stay engaged in activities that further academic and personal growth:

  • Get involved! The number one piece of advice new juniors give to rising sophomores is to get involved. Getting involved in campus activities such as the Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound (ASUPS), or Residence Life through the Resident Student Association (RSA) or as a staff member, or academic clubs and honor societies, intramurals, fraternity or sorority life, etc. are all ways in which students make connections that last a lifetime. Getting involved on campus and in the local community helps a student set the tone for their Puget Sound experience and provides useful tools that will be helpful in the junior and senior year and beyond.
  • Connect with faculty and staff. Puget Sound has a plethora of excellent faculty and staff who are happy to meet with sophomores who are looking for ways to become more engaged in their experience – both in and out of the classroom. For example, not sure about what to major in? Visit Academic Advising to learn more about different majors, or stop by a professor’s office hours to discuss that professor’s area of expertise, or visit Career and Employment Services to explore different career paths. Faculty and staff are great resources to learn more about what is going on around campus to support sophomore students.
  • Ask upper-division students about their experience. Most sophomores experience many of the same struggles in the second year: navigating challenging peer dynamics, deciding in what activities and coursework to be involved , even defining values and life goals that shape these decisions. Current junior and senior students are valuable sources of support who have been through it recently and can relate. Not sure where to start? How about an RA or RCC? Or Peer Advisor?