Wise Fools: Top Ten Things to Do By the End of Your Sophomore Year

Hello prospective students, confused current students, and lost surfers of the web. Welcome to Wise Fools, where I address the ins and outs of being a sophomore at Brown University. My name is Justin Ferenzi, and I’m here to help shine some light on the intricacies of a student’s second year. 

Your sophomore year is a nice period of limbo—you’re no longer testing the waters like you did freshman year, and you haven’t hit the stressful throes of upperclassman-hood quite yet. Below are a few things that my fellow sophomores have suggested you accomplish by the end of your second year at Brown.

1. Figure out what you want to major in, if you want to study abroad, and generally start to settle into an academic plan.
2. Find the people you like and cut out the people who are negative presences in your life.
3. Try out all the libraries and study spaces on campus and figure out which one works best for you.
4. Seek out a place to get away to when you need some time to yourself. Sophomore year can be stressful, so find a park, rooftop, or cafe that makes you feel happy.
5. Befriend a professor! Find someone who has worked in fields your interested in and that you jive with. They can be a great source of advice and perspective (and recommendation letters!)
6. Ride the RIPTA and start exploring Rhode Island!
7. Go to a student performance. Whether it’s a play at the PW, a stand up night, or an art display, support your fellow Brunonians and have a good time.
8. Watch a talk by a visiting lecturer. There are a ton of interesting speeches going on all the time—in this past month alone Africa’s first female president, a camera obscura photographer, and the artist behind Untitled (Lamp/Bear) have all come to talk. Go check it out!
9. Go to a Dean’s office hours. They’re a great resource and can be very helpful when things start to hit the fan.
10. Learn to take care of yourself. Now that you’ve gotten being a Brown student down pat, it’s time to start learning how to love yourself and practice self-care. It’s best to figure out how that works for you before things get busier and busier.

Hopefully this will have helped you make the most of your sophomore year. See you next week!

When Justin Ferenzi isn’t blogging, he’s obsessively refreshing his email account for blogging-related correspondence. For any and all questions about life at Brown, don’t hesitate to send a message to justin_ferenzi@brown.edu

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