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Sophomore Year Experience

Mardi Gras beads from Tulane commencement

Explore. Challenge. Celebrate. 

From internships to research to deciding your major, there are endless opportunities that make your sophomore year unique to your experience here at Tulane. Although this year may look different, there’s still so much and so many ways Newcomb-Tulane College is ready to help you navigate your year and celebrate you.

At the end of this year, you’ll be halfway to graduation. We’ll celebrate that huge milestone with the Sophomore Declaration Celebration. Throughout the year, remember to congratulate yourself and recognize the many ways you’re growing personally, building meaningful relationships with the Tulane community, and paving your own way to success.

So, explore, challenge, and celebrate yourself to create a year that’s meaningful to you.

Below are our suggestions to guide you. Remember that this not an all-encompassing list or a required checklist. Simply use these in a way best fitting into your personal and academic goals. Use our Sophomore Month-by-Month Roadmap for ideas on how to incorporate these suggestions throughout your year and into your planner.

Explore

Join a new student organization or be an NTC student leader. Our TIDES Peer Mentor and Peer Success Leader programs are great first-time leadership opportunities for students.

Reflect on your values, beliefs, and what drives you. Attending the Sophomore Retreat is one way we’ve prepared to help you gain a deeper understanding of school-life balance and wellness and clarify questions about purpose and their future/career goals.

Connect with Tulane faculty and staff to explore academic interests and potential career paths. Make appointments with your academic advisor, career advisor, or drop by your professors’ office hours to gain their insight into life after college and learn more about their individual journeys.

Complete your first-tier service learning. This 1000-3000 level course should be completed before your fifth semester of full-time enrollment. This is a great opportunity to explore a new interest.

Focus on you! Attend events or seminars you find interesting. Say no to things that do not serve you. Invest in personal relationships that bring you joy and support you. Look beyond Tulane and into the local community to explore your sense of self. 

Challenge

Declare your major. This is one of the year’s defining experiences for a Tulane student! Assess your skills and interests with your advisor to choose a major that you’ll feel passionate about and prepared for the future. 

Consider adding a minor or second major. If you feel that’s something that interests you and will propel your goals forward.

Learn about study abroad options. Most Tulane students study abroad their junior year. Now is the time to look ahead and prepare accordingly if this is something that sparks interest.

Find an internship related to your career interests. Work with an NTC Career Coach and discover compelling opportunities with companies looking to employ Tulane talent.

Choose a research topic. Conduct research alongside a Tulane faculty member or independently! You can also use this research to write a senior thesis. Plus, an NTC grant can make your research project, personal project, or conference presentation a reality.

Celebrate

At Spring Sophomore Week Events. A full week we’ve planned with you in mind. Gather your classmates or simply come and make new friends in your class.

At the annual Sophomore Declaration Celebration. Here, you and your sophomore friends will celebrate having nearly completing the year and receive your first piece of academic regalia to wear on your graduation day.

In small ways throughout the year. Whether you survived a bad week or aced a hard test, you should remember to reward yourself and enjoy small moments. Attend campus events planned to celebrate you and your peers.