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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. Over 15 events take place throughout the month, with food, fun, prizes, resources and discussions crucial to the second year at UofSC. Events are designed for second-year students at UofSC but are open to all students.

Sophomore students can pick-up a SophoMORE September punch card at any of the main events. A Student Success Center staff member will sign your punch card at each event. For a few events there are special instructions, please see detailed information below. 

  • Get a SophoMORE September punch card at any of the main events. Pick up a sophomore punch card and have it signed by a Student Success Center staff member at each event. 
  • ALL students will need to swipe their Carolina Card at events, so please have it with you!
  • Attend 6 events and win a free t-shirt. Attend 10 events and win a t-shirt and another great prize!
  • Completed SophoMORE September punch cards are due to the Student Success Center no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 11.

HASHTAGS: #UofSC22 OR #sophseptember19

Pizza, Planners, and Peers. Sun. 8/25 4 - 6 p.m., Thomas Cooper Library, Mezzanine Level

Stop by and meet the SSC Peer Leaders who will be helping you in your second year at UofSC! There will be plenty of free food and a free UofSC student planner! Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

Second Year Success Planning Workshop. Tues. 8/27 4:15 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1

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.

Meet the Peer Consultants. Tues. 9/3 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thomas Cooper Library Patio

Student Success Center Peer Consultants are here to help you! Stop by and meet the peer leaders who are dedicated to helping their peers with academic success! Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

Second Year Success Planning Workshop. Wed. 9/4 2:30 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1 

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.

Time Management Workshop. Wed. 9/4 6 p.m., Student Success Center, Conference Room

Every student is different, but one of the things that remains constant is the amount 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. 

Meet the Peer Consultants. Mon. 9/9 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thomas Cooper Library Patio 

Student Success Center Peer Consultants are here to help you! Stop by and meet the peer leaders who are dedicated to helping their peers with academic success! Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

#LifeHacks: How to Succeed Living Off-Campus. Tues. 9/10 3 p.m., Russell House University Union, Room 203

Living off-campus? Concerned about how to manage the commute, stay safe, get along with your neighbors, and more? Join Off-Campus Living and Neighborhood Relations for a helpful discussion! Hosted by Off-Campus Living and the Student Success Center.

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session. Tues. 9/10 4 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1

Pay here, go there! Stop 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! SophoMORE September punch cards will be available at the end of the session. Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

Cool Down. Wed. 9/11 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Greene Street. Rain Date: Fri. 9/13

Enjoy a free snow cone and make a card to honor a veteran in support of 9/11 Day of Service. SophoMORE September punch cards will be available by the snow cones! Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

Welcome Back Carnival. Thurs. 9/12 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Greene Street 

Free food, fun, inflatables, music, and resources to help kick-off your second year! This is YOUR official welcome back event! Pick-up your SophoMORE September punch card at the check-in table in the center of Greene Street. Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

How to Change Your Major Workshop. Thurs. 9/12 4 - 5 p.m. Thomas Cooper Library, Room 204

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. 

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session. Fri. 9/13 1 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1

Pay here, go there! Stop 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! SophoMORE September punch cards will be available at the end of the session. Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

Plan on it Workshop. Mon. 9/16 4 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1 

Science shows that writing things down, such as your goals, notes, and schedule, helps you remember and achieve. Bring your own planner or get a free one in this interactive session and learn how to make best use of a planner and other writing tools. We'll have all sorts of creative tools to help you! Hosted by the Student Success Center

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session. Tues. 9/17 3 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1

Pay here, go there! Stop 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! SophoMORE September punch cards will be available at the end of the session. Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

What's App-enning Workshop. Tues. 9/17 4 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1 

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

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session. Wed. 9/18 5 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1

Pay here, go there! Stop 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! SophoMORE September punch cards will be available at the end of the session. Hosted by the Student Success Center.

Study Abroad Fair. Thurs. 9/19 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Russell House University Union

Meet with representatives from various travel providers and learn about how you can study, intern, and volunteer around the globe. Stop by the SophoMORE September table to pick-up your punch card. Hosted by the Study Abroad Office.  

Mutual Expectations Workshop: Academic Advising. Mon. 9/23 11:45 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Russell House University Union, Ballroom C 

Sit down with academic advisors to discuss expectations of each other in the advising relationship. Enjoy lunch and conversation together. SophoMORE September punch cards will be available for pick-up at check-in. Hosted by the Student Success Center, Center for Teaching Excellence, and the University Advising Center. 

An RSVP is required for this event. 

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session. Mon. 9/23 4 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1

Pay here, go there! Stop 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! SophoMORE September punch cards will be available at the end of the session. Hosted by the Student Success Center.

Career Fair- Gamecocks Get Hired!

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- dress to impress! Bring a flier from an employer as proof of attendance for the SophoMORE September punch card. Hosted by the Career Center. 

STEM Majors. Tues. 9/24 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Shuttles will be available around campus.

ALL Majors. Wed. 9/25 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Shuttles will be available around campus.

#LifeHacks: You Need a Budget. Wed. 9/25 1 p.m., Student Success Center, Conference Room

Moving off-campus for the first time? Have a tighter budget than last year? This interactive workshop will give you an opportunity to chat about how to pay the bills and balance a budget. Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

#LifeHacks: Cooking Workshop. Wed. 9/25 5 p.m., Center for Health and Well-Being, Cooking Demonstration Room

You've moved off-campus and you have a kitchen! Need some tips on how to cook a healthy meal for yourself? Join us for a free cooking demo in the Center for Well-Being for great tips!  SophoMORE September punch cards will be available for pick-up at check-in. Hosted by Healthy Carolina and the Student Success Center.

An RSVP is required for this event: https://universityofsouthcarolina-yrckc.formstack.com/forms/sophomore_september_2019_cooking_rsvp

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session. Thurs. 9/26 3 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1

Pay here, go there! Stop 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! SophoMORE September punch cards will be available at the end of the session. Hosted by the Student Success Center.

Mindset for Success Workshop. Thurs. 9/26 4 p.m., Student Success Center, Meeting Room 1

To succeed in and after college, students should be able to understand their mindset about overcoming challenges and becoming resilient. SophoMORE September punch cards will be available at the end of the session. Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

Off-Campus Housing Expo. Fri. 9/27 2 - 4 p.m., Greene Street

Learn about additional properties around Columbia and ask any questions you may have about living off-campus. Stop by the Student Success Center table to pick-up your SophoMORE September punch card. Hosted by Off-Campus Living. 

#LifeHacks: Self Defense Workshop. Mon. 9/30 4 - 6 p.m., Russell House University Union, Room 205

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. Hosted by the Student Success Center and USCPD. 

An RSVP is required for this event: https://universityofsouthcarolina-yrckc.formstack.com/forms/sophomore_september_2019_selfdefense_rsvp_copy

Participate in Out-to-Lunch, a Success Consultation, or a Money Management Consultation. Throughout the Month. 

Make use of these FREE programs! Have an appointment with a Student Success Center staff member (Success Consultant or Money Management Consultant) or a faculty member with Out-to-Lunch! Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

 

SophoMORE Warm-Up Series

In the spring semester, this series of events encourages students to “warm up” to programs and opportunities that are beneficial in the second year of college. 

Stop by and visit us in front of the Thomas Cooper Library and grab a hot drink! We'll have a complete listing of all upcoming SophoMORE Warm Up events, academic planners, and other resources. 

Location: In front of Thomas Cooper Library 

When: 12 - 2 p.m.

Come hear from upperclassmen about their experience doing research! A panel of Magellan Ambassadors will share how they got involved in research, the impact research had on them, and more. 

Location: Student Success Center Conference Room, Thomas Cooper Library - Mezzanine Level

When: 3 -4 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Student Success Center and Office of Undergraduate Research

Stop by and grab a donut and some quick information about how to explore with the National Student Exchange during your time at UofSC! 

Location: 2nd Floor of Russell House University Union

When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Student Success Center and Office of Undergraduate Research

Want to see the world? Stop by and learn more about the opportunities UofSC offers! Spend some time learning more about the search, decision, and what you can do to prepare.

Location: Student Success Center Conference Room Thomas Cooper Library - Mezzanine Level

When: 4 - 5 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Student Success Center and Study Abroad

Explore the basics of credit and discuss credit reports and credit scores. We will help you determine whether or not you're ready for a credit card and take next steps with you from there.
 
Location: Student Success Center Conference Room Thomas Cooper Library - Mezzanine Level
 
When: 3 - 4 p.m.
 
Sponsored by the Money Management Program in the Student Success Center 
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: Russell House University Union Ballroom
 
When: 11:40 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
Co-sponsored by the Student Success Center, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Career Center 

 

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 2021 Photo Booth! Enjoy free food, music, and walk away with a keepsake photograph! Class of 2021 tassels will be given to the first 200 sophomore students that attend!

 

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
USC Connect 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 USC Connect 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 USC Connect 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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