#049 – The Middle Years of College: Getting the Work Done

Sophomore and Junior years make up half of your student’s time in college. Yet these years don’t often get the attention that those transitional first and last years receive.  In this episode, Lynn and Vicki explore the unique nature of each of these middle years and discuss the challenges and the growth that your student may face and how parents can best support them.

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The middle two years of college are half of your student’s college experience, but these “quiet” years don’t get as much attention as the beginning and ending years of college.  We have worked with so many students through these important years that we have seen those students who shine and those who stumble.

It’s important not to lump all of the years of college together.  Each year has its own “personality” and students have different tasks to complete. The more that parents understand what is happening for students, the better we’ll be able to support them.

Sophomore year can include the legendary sophomore slump, choosing a major,  and the temptation to transfer for some students. Everything feels weighty and important this year.

Junior year sees many students dig deep into their major and the wider world through internships and possibly study abroad. Students begin to shift their focus toward their career. If they haven’t done it yet, this is the time for students to take control of the college career and their future.

If you’d like to follow up on some of these topics, here are some articles that may help.

Sophomore Conversations: Settling in to College Life

How Parents Can Help Their Student Avoid Sophomore Slump

Does Your College Student Have a Case of the Junior Jitters?

Junior Year: Time to Take These 10 Steps Toward a Career

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