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.
As sophomore year comes to a close, I have been hearing a great deal of repetition of the same phrase–“Wow, that really flew by.”
Indeed, for myself and for many of my friends, this second year at Brown passed more quickly than anyone could have imagined. Without the plodding uncertainty and constant novelty of freshman-hood, there’s nothing to artificially drag out time when you are a sophomore.
Understandably, this can cause many people to freak the freak out. College is already halfway over?! What am I doing?! Where am I?!
But fret not. There are a few things that people have said over the past few weeks that I think help assuage some of this midway madness.
First of all, think about how far away freshman year feels–even the first semester of sophomore year. The weeks may fly by, sure, but the years really do pass rather slowly. With endless amounts of weekends, breaks, and adventures ahead, there’s plenty to break up the monotony and slow down the fast, slippery slide of the academic years rushing past.
Also, it’s likely that some students take up jobs their junior and senior year– working under a professor, the continuation of a summer internship, or picking up a shift at a local brick-and-mortar. There are also projects, research, and other passionate pursuits that one can embark on in order to slow things down.
It’s always important to remember to pause and take stock from time to time. The next time you have a great conversation with friends at the Ratty, have a fun and crazy weekend, or walk out of a stirring lecture, take that moment to reflect and be really thankful for where you are in that instant. These little moments of mindfulness may not make things feel like they’re moving any slower, but they do stop that needling feeling that you’re letting the years slip by.
In all, the mid-college crisis is not fun, and it can raise some really valid concerns from second-years, at Brown and at all universities. But it’s never the end of the world, and no matter how scary it can be, there’s never anywhere to go but up.