Second Year Experience

The second year of university life can be a tricky one for many college students. Several second year students go through what is termed a “sophomore slump.” Symptoms include searching for identity and feeling uncertain about college. We’ve put together a list of activities to help you combat these bumps in the road.

  • Meet Your Second Year Success Coach

    For more information please contact Mon’Sher Spencer.

  • Update Your Academic Plan

    Meet with your academic advisor and ensure your academic plan, including proficiencies, for graduation is up-to-date.

    Have you considered adding a minor to your coursework? If you have not already declared a minor but wish to do so, your second year is a great time to declare.

  • Find an Internship
    Schedule an appointment with Career & Calling to work on your resume and begin the search for internships or summer jobs related to your major or career interest.
  • Consider Studying Abroad

    Taking advantage of cross-cultural educational opportunities while studying at HCU will transcend your typical classroom learning experiences and expand your intellectual horizons.

    Immersing yourself in a foreign setting as you spend a semester abroad or complete a yearlong internship in another country allows you to learn about the speed of globalization firsthand, improve your second language skills, and directly dialogue with frontline sources full of insightful information about international affairs.

  • Get Involved

    Join a new club, team, or organization. Visit the Student Involvement page to find out more about joining an organization.
    Interested in going on mission learning opportunities, serving or volunteering? Visit our Missions page.
    Kick it up a notch by getting involved in intramurals. Visit the Campus Recreation page to find out more about club sports and intramurals.
  • Improve Your Study Skills
    Visit the Academic Success Center. Sign up for tutoring for your most difficult classes or work on your writing. Academic coaching is available if you’re in need of improving your time management or general study skills.
  • Grow Spiritually
    Find a place to grow spiritually with others. Visit the Spiritual Life page to find out about different opportunities to meet with others and grow in your faith.
  • Ask for Help
    If you’re feeling burned out or overwhelmed, do not be afraid to ask for help. Talk to someone about how you’re feeling – a friend, a family member, a professor, etc. You can also contact Counseling Services to set up an appointment to meet with a counselor.