Oswego last year began an initiative to replace the well-known sophomore slump with sophomore success by, among other tactics, encouraging engagement with their community.
“There's a lot of fanfare when you’re a first-year student, but a lot of sophomores feel like, when they come back, the trumpets have stopped blowing,” said Gary Morris, associate director of career services and leader of the campus initiative.
Goals for the effort include having sophomores identify with their class and major, developing markers or “rites of passage” for their progression in the college experience at milestones like choosing a major, and cultivating a higher level of engagement in their academic career and personal development.
Among the initiative’s features:
- A day of service, where sophomores gather to put together care packages for first-year students
- A Job-a-Rama that brings sophomores together with on-campus employers to learn about internships, service-learning opportunities, work-study positions and temp-service jobs
- A Test Drive Your Career series that helps sophomores learn more about their chosen or desired major — including field trips, such as public justice majors traveling to visit the New York State Police Academy and local prisons, that often take place through alumni who can expand students' networks
- A Pizza With Professionals series that invites those employed in a field in for a casual meal and question-and-answer session with students who are contemplating a similar career.
Photo: The Job-a-Rama