Dump the Slump

Stephen Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education at Duke, encourages sophomores to explore their options.The president of Duke University’s sophomore class doesn’t totally buy into the idea of the “sophomore slump” – the second-year experience of aimlessness or isolation that seems to deflate the ambitions of many college students. True, he says, the sudden stress of choosing a major and laying a path for the future can be overbearing. And as the newness of college wears off, it may not be as exciting. At Duke in particular, where freshmen all live together in isolation on East Campus, the second-year move to West Campus breaks a lot of social connections.

Dump the Slump