The Sophomore Slump
Hello, friends! I'm back!
How is everyone? I know it's been a while since I wrote something here on the blog, but I think this blog post will explain why.
I hope everyone is enjoying lots of pumpkin spice lattes and getting exciting for cool weather.
If you haven't been here in a while, I've actually redesigned the blog! I've made it much cleaner, much simpler, all using the Native theme offered with Squarespace. I personally am all about the minimalism.
Alright, on to today's post: I pride myself in being transparent & vulnerable here at feistyfletch.com. I'm not going to lie to you or pretend that I'm not feeling some way. Today, I'm going to be talking about something particularly personal that I've been struggling with. That topic, my friends, is my current experience with the sophomore slump.
The Sophomore Slump
This time last year, I had a few people tell me that starting college was hard for them. They said that they were feeling lonely, confused, missing home, and not having a good start to the "best four years of their life."
At the time, I wasn't feeling that. I was excited for the new chapter in my life. I was meeting new people, going new places, and figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. I had an amazing first year of college, and I wouldn't change any of it for the world.
However, at the beginning of this sophomore year, things have been very different. Almost immediately, that spark, excitement, and positivity was stripped away. I've been experiencing what's called the "sophomore slump."
I hadn't heard of this before this year, but basically, according to google...
"A sophomore slump refers to an instance in which a second effort fails to live up to the standards of the first effort."
The moment I read this, I knew that is exactly what I was feeling.
So, the newness of freshman year is gone and now I'm trying to live up to those standards of excitement, and it just isn't happening.
Quite honestly - I feel like I'm in a funk.
I don't feel as motivated. I wake up, go to class, see great people, but I don't seem to have that same spark that I did last year to keep working. I exhaust myself really quickly.
I'm much more overwhelmed. I'm so lucky to be able to do so many cool things, but it all has overwhelmed me very quickly. I'm used to getting anxious and stressed quickly because that's a part of who I am, but it's gotten much more intense.
I feel lonely. I don't understand why??? I'm surrounded by so many wonderful people, but I feel lonely. I feel like I annoy every person I talk to and I apologize probably 10 times a day for just existing.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? This is all just so weird because I love my school, I love what I do, and I love the people I'm with. I'm so thankful and so grateful for everything I'm able to do. However, I just don't feel as feisty as I usually do.
I guess I'm writing this to see if anyone else felt this way or went through this phase.
Does anyone have advice? Any tactics in defeating it?
Honestly, I already know that posting this is going to help because I'm getting it off my chest and telling the world what's going on. I'm 110% extroverted so telling people my problems always helps.
Thanks for reading, friends. Thanks for always sticking by me through my ups and downs. I'll be sure to post something fun soon, I swear.