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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 25 events that are designed for second-year students at UofSC but are open to all students.                                                     

Sophomore students can get a SophoMORE September punch card at nearly every SophoMORE September event or pick one up at the SSC! Complete the punch card to win prizes! Go to 10 events and win a free t-shirt! Go to 13 events and win another great prize, such as a prize pack or a gift card to a local restaurant!

Don't worry if you lose your punch card! You can always get another one from the SSC and the office can check your name on an attendance roster for MOST events. You'll fill out an attendance form at all in-person or virtual workshops. ID card scanners will be used at most outside events! Questions? Drop The SophoMORE Initiative an email at satsi@mailbox.sc.edu 

Be sure to keep an eye out for emails from The SophoMORE Initiative to your UofSC email account!

 

2021 SophoMORE September Schedule

Participate in the Out to Lunch program, have a SophoMORE Success Consultation, a Money Management Consultation, attend a 1-on-1 tutoring session, or have a general SSC Success Consultation with the Student Success Center!

Wednesday, August 18

Popsicles, Planners, and Peers
3pm-5pm     |     Thomas Cooper LIbrary Patio

Stop by and meet the Student Success Center peer leaders who will be helping you in your second year at UofSC! They’ll be gourmet popsicles and a free UofSC student planner for all students! Hosted by the Student Success Center. 

Find Your Class Tours
5:15pm-6:15pm     |     Thomas Cooper Library, Mezzanine

Not every sophomore got to have in person classes last year. Need help finding your class spaces before the first day of class? Join us with other sophomores for small group tours to find classroom spaces! Hosted by the Student Success Center.  RSVP to reserve your spot. 

LINK TO RSVP

Wednesday, August 25

Second Year Success Workshop
3:30pm     |     Thomas Cooper Library, Scholars Corner

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!  You'll walk away with your own personal sophomore action plan! Hosted by the Student Success Center. RSVP to reserve your spot. 

LINK TO RSVP

Wednesday, September 1

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
4pm-5pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

 
Thursday, September 2

SophoMORE Welcome Back Carnival
12pm-3:30pm     |     Greene Street

FREE FOOD, fun, carnival games, music, and resources to help kick-off your second year! This is YOUR official welcome back event! Rain Date: Sept 8. Hosted by the SSC. Get your Sophomore September punch card at the SophoMORE Initiative table on Greene Street. Hosted by the Student Success Center.

 

Friday, September 3

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
1:30pm-2:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

Tuesday, September 7

Farmer's Market
10am-2pm     |     Greene Street

Stop by the Sophomore September table at the Farmer’s Market to get some great resources for your 2nd year! Look for the Student Success Center's SophoMORE September table! Hosted by Healthy Carolina

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
3:30pm-4:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

Money Smarts for Off-Campus Living
6:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

Living off campus this semester? Join in for this helpful workshop about how to budget and make money smart decisions in this new environment. Hosted by the Student Success Center. RSVP to get the meeting link. 

LINK TO RSVP

University 101 Reunion Movie Night
8pm     |     Davis Field

Join your classmates from last year’s University 101 class and watch Pitch Perfect under the stars! Hosted by Gamecock Entertainment and University 101 programs.

 

Wednesday, September 8

SophoMORE Welcome Back Carnival Rain Date

Tips for Success: In-Person Classes and Study Habits
5pm     |     Virtual Workshop

Need help preparing for in person classes and sharpening your study skills as we return to a more normal semester? Join for this session full of tips and advice for a successful academic semester. RSVP to get the meeting link. Hosted by the Student Success Center

LINK TO RSVP

 

Thursday, September 9

SophoMORE Cool Down
12pm-2:30pm     |     Greene Street

Cool Down in this Columbia heat with a free sno cone! Take some time to make a card to honor a veteran in support of 9/11 Day of Service and chat with Student Success Center staff about services. Hosted by the Student Success Center.

Rain Date: September 13

Student Success Motivation Panel
5pm     |     Virtual Workshop

Need help getting motivated for this semester? Come with your questions and hear from upperclassmen about their advice on how to succeed in your sophomore year. RSVP to get the meeting link. Hosted by the Student Success Center.

LINK TO RSVP

 

Friday, September 10

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
2pm-3pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

 

Saturday, September 11

Service Saturday
8:30am-12:30pm     |     Locations Vary

Volunteer with fellow Gamecocks in the Columbia community. A great opportunity to meet other sophomores and give back to the community! Hosted by the Leadership and Service Center.

LINK TO REGISTER

Monday, September 13

Second Year Success Workshop
4pm     |     Thomas Cooper Library, Scholars Corner

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! You'll walk away with your own personal sophomore action plan! Hosted by the Student Success Center. RSVP to reserve your spot. 

LINK TO RSVP

Don't Be Scared: Getting to Know Your Professors
6:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

Approaching faculty can sometimes be intimidating for students. But developing professional relationships with professors can help students learn about research or internship opportunities, lead to mentorship , career advice, and potential references. This workshop will share tips on how to approach professors and resources at UofSC to help develop these faculty-student relationships. Hosted by the Student Success Center. RSVP to get the meeting link.

LINK TO RSVP

 

Tuesday, September 14

Virtual STEM Career and Internship Fair
12pm-4:30pm     |     Virtual Fair

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. Hosted by the Career Center. Register via Handshake to attend.

LINK TO REGISTER

How to Change Your Major Workshop
4:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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

LINK TO RSVP

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
6pm-7pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

 

Wednesday, September 15

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
1:30pm-2:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

Plan On It Workshop
4pm     |     Davis Field II (Rain Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Scholars Corner)

Science shows that writing things down- goals, notes, your 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 SSC. RSVP to reserve your spot. 

LINK TO RSVP 

 

Thursday, September 16

STEM Career and Internship Fair
1pm-5pm     |     Carolina Coliseum (701 Assembly St)

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. Hosted by the Career Center. Register via Handshake to attend.

LINK TO REGISTER

SophoMORE Mug Making Madness
RAIN DELAY – MOVED TO SEPT. 28   |     Davis Field II

Bring your artistic skills and decorate a coffee mug and chat with other sophomore students. Mug is yours to keep, good artistic skills not required. Sponsored by the Student Success Center.

Office of Pre-Professional Advising Workshop
4pm     |     Thomas Cooper Library, Scholars Corner

Are you thinking of law school, medical school, or other health schools after graduation? You need to get connected with OPPA! Join this helpful workshop to learn more about what you should be doing in your second year! RSVP to reserve your spot. 

LINK TO RSVP

 

Friday, September 17

Constitution Day Conversation Café
10am-12pm     |     RHUU Ballroom

Join your fellow students for facilitated discussion and idea sharing around topics related to current event such as voting, political systems, race, climate change and more! Hosted by the Leadership and Service Center.

LINK TO RSVP (TBD)

Monday, September 20

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
5:30pm-6:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

What's App-ening Workshop
6:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the link. 

LINK TO RSVP 

 

Tuesday, September 21

SophoMORE Tie-Dye
RAIN DELAY – MOVED TO SEPT. 28   |     Davis Field I

Bring your own t-shirt or grab one of the 100 FREE sophomore shirts available and learn to tie-dye while hanging out with other sophomore students. Hosted by the Student Success Center.

Stress Management Workshop
4:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

College is stressful- how do you manage your stress?  We will chat about the types of stress you can experience and new strategies on how to cope. RSVP to receive the meeting link.

LINK TO RSVP

 

Wednesday, September 22

Education Abroad Fair
10am-3pm     |     Greene Street (Rain Location: RHUU Ballroom)

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

Advising 2.0 Workshop
4:30pm     |     Thomas Cooper Library, Scholars Corner

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 reserve your spot.

LINK TO RSVP

 

Thursday, September 23

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
4pm-5pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

Monday, September 27

Preparing for Midterms
6:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

Build a practical study plan for your midterm exams by exploring personal study strategies and practicing how to break exam materials down into smaller study units. Hosted by the Student Success Center. RSVP to get the meeting link. 

LINK TO RSVP

 

Tuesday, September 28

National Voter Registration Day
11am-3pm     |     Davis Circle

Stop by and learn about the process of registering to vote! Hosted by the Leadership and Service Center.

SophoMORE Mug Making & T-Shirt Tie Dye (Rain Date)
2pm-4pm    |     Davis Field II

Make art! Come decorate a mug or tie-dye a t-shirt! We have all the supplies so come get crafty on Davis Field II. We have 100 mugs and 100 t-shirts for the first 100 participants. Bring your own blank mug to paint or shirt to tie-dye if you wish too! Sponsored by the Student Success Center.

Plan On It Workshop
5pm     |     Davis Field II
(Rain Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Scholars Corner)

Science shows that writing things down- goals, notes, your 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 SSC. RSVP to reserve your spot.

LINK TO RSVP

 

Wednesday, September 29

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
5:30pm-6:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

Thriving in Off-Campus Housing
7pm-8pm     |     Virtual Workshop

Living off campus? Concerned about how to manage the commute, stay safe, get along with your neighbors and more? Hear from staff and upperclassmen on how to thrive while living off campus! RSVP to get the meeting link! 

LINK TO RSVP 

 

Thursday, September 30

National Student Exchange Info Meeting
1:30pm-2:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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 get the meeting link!

LINK TO RSVP

Second Year Success Workshop
6:30pm     |     Virtual Workshop

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! You'll walk away with your own personal sophomore action plan!  Hosted by the Student Success Center. RSVP to get the workshop link. 

LINK TO RSVP

 

 

Spring 2021 #LifeHacks

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. 

This is the perfect time of the semester to start applying for summer jobs and internships! Join us with experts from 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.

Virtual

When: 3:30 p.m.

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Do you need a credit card? Why does your credit score matter? All things that you need to know as you become an adult. This topic is a foundation in adulting! Chat with our Money Management specialist about what you need to know as a college student. Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the session. This is a FREE event. Registration is required.

Virtual

When: 7 p.m.

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Hear from the experts in the Career Center on how to best use LinkedIn and what to include in your profile. We will also discuss how to best use Handshake, the job search and networking portal for the UofSC Career Center. Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the session. This is a FREE event. Registration is required.

Virtual

When: 4 p.m.

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Need a great photo for that LinkedIn profile? Attend the LinkedIn workshop on Tuesday and then sign up to have a professional headshot done on Thursday! Limited spaces! Sign up to lock in your spot. Sophomore students ONLY! Professional dress is recommended for the photo. Need ideas on what to wear? Email at tsi@sc.edu

Pictures will be taken outside near the UofSC smokestack. If there is inclement weather, we will email you to reschedule to the next week!

When: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sign up for a time with your UofSC email address!

What is the difference between investing your money and saving your money? What should you be doing when in college? Join us for this informative workshop with our Money Management specialist to find out. Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the session. This event is FREE. Registration is required.

Virtual

When: 7 p.m.

RSVP Now!

 

 

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. 

The first 200 students to stop by will get a FREE 2023 garnet and black graduation tassel!

Location: Davis Field I

When: Wednesday, April 14 from 11 a.m. - 2 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
  • Making sophomore students aware of the resources available to them
  • Supporting sophomores in their pursuit of academic success, including developing positive relationships with their academic advisor and faculty
  • Boosting awareness of health and wellness resources with sophomore students
  • Assisting sophomore students in finding meaning and purpose through their major and career explorations
  • Supporting and celebrating sophomore progress toward degree completion in four years
  • 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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