Student Success Programs

Sophomore Experience

Welcome to IUPUI’s Sophomore Experience Program. Supported by the Office of Educational Partnerships and Student Success at IUPUI, Sophomore Experience is here to offer opportunities to encourage students to Build a Community, Define Their Purpose, and Plan Their Path.  We offer programs that ensure students have success, both academically and professionally and work to engage and connect sophomores with the IUPUI community. 

The sophomore year can be full of many challenges. Research suggests that sophomore year can be a time of confusion and uncertainty with a new set of stressors. Sophomores work to navigate declaring a major, studying abroad, interning, and working through financial concerns, often times while receiving less support than during their first year of college. This phenomenon can cause sophomores to fall into the “sophomore slump."

The three most common sophomore stressors are academics, personal concerns, and relationships. You may find yourself considering the following questions.

  • What am I doing here at IUPUI?
  • What are some opportunities to meet new people?
  • What if my major isn't a good fit?

You're not alone, and we are here to help! We have programs, resources, and staff to help you along your sophomore journey. 

Programs

Sophomore Leadership Series

This is a great way to build on skills you have learned over the last year-and-a-half and take them to a new level, all while learning more about yourself to sell during a job interview. Join Sophomore Experience Programs for IUPUI’s Sophomore Leadership Series. This 4-week series caters specifically to sophomores at IUPUI. Participants will learn about leadership and connect with a community of other sophomores also developing their skill set around leadership. Participants will discuss and reflect upon their personal leadership style and prepare for next steps in their college and professional careers.

Chew on This

Navigating sophomore year can be full of challenges. Come join us for a FREE lunch at a "Chew on This" workshop designed to provide the tools you need for success. Workshops surround topics on financial literacy, stress management, internships, career development, and many more.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
12:30-1:30 p.m. Campus Center 309
Master Your Job SearchAre you ready to slay your competition? Set yourself up for success and learn how to write a winning resume, read job descriptions, and apply for jobs. Join Tim Swain from the Office of Student Employment for this resume workshop and learn tips for your best job search. All IUPUI sophomores are welcome!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
12:15-1:15 p.m. Campus Center 309

Research Opportunities: Interested in faculty-mentored research opportunities? Join Dr. Dominique Galli, executive director of the Center for Research and Learning, to learn about paid research opportunities, regardless of your academic program. All IUPUI sophomores are welcome!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018
12:15-1:15 p.m. Campus Center 307
Leadership Lunch with Ryan King from Indy Reads: You will have the opportunity to learn about a bookstore with a cause. Hear from Indy Reads CEO, Ryan King and his journey to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. Sponsored by Campus Center and Student Experiences.


Monday, February 12, 2018
12:15-1:15 p.m. Campus Center 309
Scholarship Opportunities: Searching for scholarships does not have to be hard. Join Amanda Lumpkin from the Office of Student Scholarships to learn about the different types of scholarships, where to locate them, and when to apply. All IUPUI sophomores are welcome!

Thursday, February 22, 2018
12:15-1:15 p.m. Campus Center 409
Discover Your Strengths: What are your strengths? Join Mandy Porter from the Office of Educational Partnerships and Student Success to learn more about the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and see how a panel of students and professionals have used their talents to succeed. All IUPUI sophomores are welcome!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
12:15-1:15 p.m. Campus Center 309
De-Stress with the Office of Health and Wellness Promotion: Feeling stressed? Join the Office of Health and Wellness Promotion for some Jeopardy and learn ways you can de-stress before spring break. All IUPUI sophomores are welcome!

Thursday, April 12, 2018
12:15-1:15 p.m. Campus Center 307
Maximize Your Summer: Are you ready to make the most of your summer? Join Brian Benedict from Campus Career and Advising Services to learn how you can use your summer to be intentional with your career readiness through internships, job shadowing, and informational interviews. All IUPUI sophomores are welcome!

Thursday, April 19, 2018
12:15-1:15 p.m. Campus Center 307
Leadership Lunch with Matt Wakefield from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful: Hear about how Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. inspires, empowers, and mobilizes Indianapolis residents. You will hear from Director of Community Engagement, Matt Wakefield, about how the organization lives their values through action. Sponsored by Campus Center and Student Experiences.

Sophomore Socials

Take a break and socialize with fellow sophomores during Sophomore Socials. These events are informal and provide opportunities to relax, build connections, and become engaged with peers. FREE food and fun provided at all socials.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
5-7 p.m. Campus Center 450A
Fire Up Your Semester: It's cold outside so warm up with some BBQ! Join Sophomore Experience Programs at the official kick-off the spring semester for food, fun, and festivities. All IUPUI sophomores are welcome!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
4-6 p.m. Campus Center 405
DIY Craft Night: Take a break from class and get ready to DIY! Join Sophomore Experience Programs for food, fun, and crafts. All IUPUI sophomores are welcome!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
5-6:30 p.m. Campus Center 450 A
Networking Night: Build your connection and develop soft skills during Networking Night. Join Sophomore Experience Programs for food, fun, and networking. All IUPUI sophomore are welcome!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5-7:30 p.m. Campus Center 405 & 409
Spring Semester Cool Down: You are almost done! Finals are almost here so join Sophomore Experience Programs and the Office of Health and Wellness Promotion to unwind from this semester, play games, or study.  All IUPUI sophomores are welcome!