Sophomore Year: The Pivotal Point in Higher Education

I just started my sophomore year of college, and with it have found myself becoming the worldly and arduous worker I should have been all along.

Freshman year is about academic exploration, as many faculty and family members will attest, but I found that true academic and personal growth wasn’t attainable until this year. Last semester, my coursework tapered into the specific major courses I had long looked forward to. Alongside these courses, I realized, came the seemingly insurmountable task of weekly essays compounded with regular assignments and heavy readings. However, rather than drowning under this new challenge, I found myself rising to it.

Sophomore year, for those who have not yet experienced it, is a ton of fun. Not only are you now familiar with the Rice experience, bizarre traditions and all, but the newfound academic rigor allowed me to develop what I had procrastinated on since arriving at college: a work ethic that not only has reformed the quality of my work, but also my interest in academic material. Finally, almost halfway through college, I’ve relearned my love for learning, something lacking in my life since the end of middle school.

The main reason for my writing, I suppose, is a call to action for those students younger than I am. Too often in the craze of the college admission process and arriving on campus, we tend to disregard the real reason for education. We don’t forget this–rather, we accept the commonly held belief that we should learn for the sake of learning, but it is shunted aside in our desire to get good grades, a degree, and move on as we should.

Rather, it is more vital now than ever to challenge yourself, take classes you enjoy, and delve into them wholeheartedly. Of course, a good grade should be everyone’s aim, but no class should be taken solely because of the guarantee of an A. It took me this long to figure it out, but with a newly developed work ethic, and a renewed adoration and appreciation for my school, I urge others to follow suit–study what you truly enjoy.

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