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Sophomore Success

Fortify your freshman experience and keep the momentum going into your second year with these events and helpful information, designed just for sophomores.

Programs and Activities  

 

SophoMORE September

This month-long program is dedicated to helping second-year students adjust to their second year at the university and feel welcomed and connected. SophoMORE September will consist of more than 16 events that are designed for second-year students at UofSC but are open to all students.

Sophomore students can submit a SophoMORE September completion form at the end of September to win prizes! We will verify your attendance at each event once we review your submission.

  • Attend 7 events and win a free t-shirt. Attend 10 events and win a t-shirt and another great prize!
  • Completed SophoMORE September attendance forms are due no later than Friday, October 9th.

HASHTAGS: #UofSC23 OR #sophseptember20

How to Succeed in Online Classes. Tues. 9/1 12 p.m.

Taking an online class this fall? Want to learn how to excel in an online environment? Join us during this virtual workshop to learn all the Student Success Center's tips and tricks to succeeding in online classes! Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

RSVP to receive the event link.

Second Year Success Planning Workshop. Wed. 9/2 4:30 p.m.

Want to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump? We've got the plan for that! Join us for this entertaining workshop about steps you can take to thrive in your second year at Carolina! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

National Student Exchange Info Session. Thurs. 9/3 5 p.m.

Pay here, go there! Join in for a quick information session and learn how you can pay your tuition to UofSC and exchange to one of nearly 200 schools in the US, US territories and Canada! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

National Student Exchange Info Session. Wed. 9/9 4 p.m.

Pay here, go there! Join in for a quick information session and learn how you can pay your tuition to UofSC and exchange to one of nearlly 200 schools in the US, US territories and Canada! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

National Student Exchange Info Session. Thurs. 9/10 12 p.m.

Pay here, go there! Join in for a quick information session and learn how you can pay your tuition to UofSC and exchange to one of nearlly 200 schools in the US, US territories and Canada! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

Time Management Workshop. Thurs. 9/10 3 p.m.

Every student is different, but one of the things that remains constant is the amount of time within each week. This interactive workshop will encourage you to think about decision-making as it pertains to time management. Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

National Student Exchange Info Session. Mon. 9/14 11 a.m.

Pay here, go there! Join in for a quick information session and learn how you can pay your tuition to UofSC and exchange to one of nearlly 200 schools in the US, US territories and Canada! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

How to Change Your Major Workshop. Tues. 9/15 4 p.m.

Thinking about changing your major? Not sure what is involved or where to start? The University Advising Center will go over all of your options in this informative workshop! Hosted by the University Advising Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

Mindset for Success Workshop. Wed. 9/16 11 a.m.

To succeed in and after college, students should be able to understand their mindset about overcoming challenges and becoming resilient. Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

Second Year Success Planning Workshop. Thurs. 9/17 4:30 p.m.

Want to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump? We've got the plan for that! Join us for this entertaining workshop about steps you can take to thrive in your second year at Carolina! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

National Student Exchange Info Session. Fri. 9/18 2 p.m.

Pay here, go there! Join in for a quick information session and learn how you can pay your tuition to UofSC and exchange to one of nearlly 200 schools in the US, US territories and Canada! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

Study Abroad Fair. Tues. 9/22 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet virtually with representatives from various travel providers and learn about how you can study, intern and volunteer around the globe! Hosted by Study Abroad.

Register for this online event at sc.edu/studyabroad

National Student Exchange Info Session. Tues. 9/22 4 p.m.

Pay here, go there! Join in for a quick information session and learn how you can pay your tuition to UofSC and exchange to one of nearlly 200 schools in the US, US territories and Canada! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

What's App-ening Workshop. Tues. 9/22 5 p.m.

This workshop aims to help students understand what apps exist for students to organize, manage their time, study, and also manage their money, budgets, and debt. Join us to learn how technology can help make these tasks easier! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

Advisor 101. Wed. 9/23 4 p.m. 

Why do you need to get to know your academic advisor? How many advisors do you ACTUALLY have? Who do you go to for what? Join us in this workshop to learn more about how to develop a relationship with your academic advisor and more! Hosted by the University Advising Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

Career and Internship Fair. Thurs. 9/24 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Students and employers meet to talk about career, internship and co-op possibilities. Now is the time to start planning for your future internship experience. This fair is targeted at STEM majors in Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Aerospace, Government, Defense & more. Hosted by the Career Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

National Student Exchange Info Session. Mon. 9/28 3:30 p.m.

Pay here, go there! Join in for a quick information session and learn how you can pay your tuition to UofSC and exchange to one of nearlly 200 schools in the US, US territories and Canada! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

Career and Internship Fair. Tues. 9/29 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students and employers meet to talk about career, internship and co-op possibilities. Now is the time to start planning for your future internship experience. This fair is targeted at Corporate Careers & Beyond. Hosted by the Career Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

Personal Finance Workshop. Wed. 9/30 7 p.m.

Explore the basics of personal finance! From budgeting, to introducing some helpful financial apps, this workshop will help to provide you with the building blocks to help you be successful with your finances! Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

RSVP to receive the event link.

Career and Internship Fair. Thurs. 10/1 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students and employers meet to talk about career, internship and co-op possibilities. Now is the time to start planning for your future internship experience. This fair is targeted at: Impact & Influence: Government, Public Service & more! Hosted by the Career Center.

RSVP to receive the event link.

Throughout the month, participate in a Success Consultation, a SophoMORE Success Consultation, NSE Consultation, or a Money Management consultation through the SSC! 

Make use of these FREE programs! Make an appointment with a Student Success Center staff member between September 1st and October 1st! Hosted by the Student Success Center.

 

 

 SophoMORE Life Hacks

A series of events designed to help teach sophomore students skills that will help them in life outside the four walls of the classroom - skills every adult needs to succeed! Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of each session. 

Join us for interactive workshop on how to de-stress and remain calm as we start the spring semester. Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the session. This is a FREE event. Registration is required.

Location: C.A.L.M. Oasis, Room 215, Center for Health and Well-Being

When: 4:30 p.m.

RSVP: tinyurl.com/KeepCalmRSVP

This is the perfect time of the semester to start applying for summer jobs and internships! Join us in the Career Center to learn how to search for the best summer opportunities and what resources UofSC has to help!  Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the session. This is a FREE event. Registration is required.

Location: Career Center, 5th Floor, Thomas Cooper Library

When: 4 p.m.

RSVP: tinyurl.com/GetPaidRSVP

Cooking easy and healthy meals while in college can sometimes be a challenge, join us for this hand-on workshop and learn how to cook a great meal!  Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the session. This event is FREE. Registration is required.

Location: Demonstration Kitchen, Room 219, Center for Health and Well-Being

When: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

RSVP: tinyurl.com/CookWellRSVP

What is the difference between investing your money and saving your money? Join us during Money Smart Week to find out. Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the session. This event is FREE. Registration is required. 

Location: Russell House, University Union, Room 229

When: 7 p.m.

RSVP: tinyurl.com/InvestingRSVP

Students and faculty are invited to come for a free lunch and interesting discussion on what role and benefits career preparation has in the classroom. An RSVP is required for this event at www.sc.edu/cte

Location: Greene Street

When: 12:30 p.m.

Know how to change a tire? Check the oil level in your car? Join us on Greene Street to learn the basics of car maintenance!

What are the best steps to defending yourself in an unsafe situation? Join us for this hands-on workshop with USCPD to learn tips to defend yourself. Open to all genders. This is a two-hour workshop. Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the session. This event is FREE. 

This event has been canceled. 

 

 

SophoMORE Summit 2020

Students in their second year at UofSC are welcome to join us for this FREE weekend retreat in the mountains! Come reflect on where you've been, where you are now, and where you want to go in the remaining years of college and beyond! 

Transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided by the Student Success Center. Students who are accepted to the program and agree to attend, but fail to participate will be charged a cancellation/no-show fee. 

The SophoMORE Summit has been canceled. Please check this webpage periodically as we will provide updates about this event in the future. 

 

 

Halfway There Celebration

This annual event celebrates the huge milestone reached when sophomores are halfway done with their college career. At this point, you have four semesters down and four semesters to go. 

Sophomores make memories with the Class of 2022 Photo Booth! Enjoy free food, music, and walk away with a keepsake photograph! Class of 2022 tassels will be given to the first 200 sophomore students that attend!

Location: Greene Street

When: Tuesday, April 14 from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

 

Support in the SophoMORE Year

It is never too early to gain career related work experience. Finding a part-time job or internship can be quite a challenge. Visit the Career Center or Pre-Professional Advising for more information on how to find these opportunities and prep for an internship or job search.

Did you know that some academic units even have an internship coordinator? Check with your academic advisor to see if your college or school has one and set up an appointment to chat.

During sophomore year, many students are deciding on an official major or changing their major. There are many resources to help. 

Career Center – This office has many assessments and staff available to help you determine your area of interest.

University Advising Center – Home to Major Change Advising, advisers here can help you figure out which courses will align between majors if you are switching between colleges or schools at the university.

We want to see you succeed at the University of South Carolina — inside and outside of the classroom. The university has developed a number of resources to help students succeed academically. As a second-year student, you may be familiar with many of these already. 

  • The Student Success Center – Your one-stop-shop for academic support on campus, we offer many services, including supplemental instruction, peer tutoring, peer writing and communications, success consultations and financial literacy consultations.
  • The University Advising Center – Receive tips on how to talk to your advisor or explore major change advising.

Even though many sophomore students move off campus or dive into other activities, it is very important to still be connected to campus. The University of South Carolina offers many opportunities for students to actively participate both on campus and in the community. 

USC Connect and Graduation with Leaderships Distinction
Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning (CIEL) helps you get the most out of your Carolina education, from finding experiences to engage in, to reflecting on what that experience has meant to you. The Graduation with Leadership Distinction program is a formal distinction that honors the broader scope of achievements for students engaged within and beyond the classroom.

Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research can help students find many opportunities to engage in undergraduate research with a focus on faculty-student mentorship.

Service-Learning and Volunteer Opportunities
Service-Learning integrates meaningful community service with academic coursework. Check out the listing of courses available from the Leadership and Service Center.

The Leadership and Service Center provides an abundance of information on ways you can be involved in the university community and the city of Columbia.

Joining a student service organization brings together like-minded students on a mission to serve those in need.

Domestic Study Away and Study Abroad
Participating in Domestic Study Away, such as the National Student Exchange or international Study Abroad, is a great way to broaden your horizons and have the experience of a lifetime.

Peer Leadership
Peer Leadership is a wonderful way to give back to your fellow students, serve in a leadership role, and gain transferable skills for the real world. There are nearly 60 peer leader groups on campus, from tutors to recruitment counselors.

The CIEL Opportunity Database has a complete list of beyond the classroom experiences. 

Many students move into off-campus apartment complexes during the second year at Carolina!

  • Off-Campus Student Services can help students find the places that best fits their needs, provide tips and advice on being a good neighbor, and help you figure out your rights as a tenant.
  • Student Legal Services can help you review your lease
  • Make an appointment in the Student Success Center to meet with a Money Management Peer Financial Consultant to learn how to make a monthly budget and pay your bills on time!
  • Healthy Carolina can help you learn how to prepare meals, grocery shop, and find healthy ways to distress!

 

Month by Month Roadmap

We are happy to provide a guide with important reminders and tips for success in your second year.
Follow the Roadmap »

 

The SophoMORE Initiative is committed to:

  • Helping sophomore students feel connected and welcomed at UofSC
  • Engaging sophomore students in academic success and integrative learning activities
  • Supporting and celebrating sophomore progress toward degree completion in four years
  • Providing events specifically for sophomore students to promote connection with major and future career opportunities
  • Encouraging sophomore students to engage in high-impact practices through the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning (CIEL) and explore the option of Graduation with Leadership Distinction
  • Helping faculty and staff understand the sophomore student population and how to best assist them

 


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