Sophomore Slump

My first year post-grad was amazing. I got to travel to South America, move to New York City, and start my full-time job. More than a year later, I’m still in the honeymoon phase. But honeymoons inevitably end, the question is when. 

The sophomore slump is a term used to describe university students who regress compared to their freshmen year. In freshmen year, everything is new and exciting. You’re meeting new people, living in a new city, and you have freedom. In sophomore year, what’s new becomes normal. The motivation of a new adventure wears off and you regress to the mean. This phenomenon applies to school, sports, and music. 

As I’m entering my second year of living in New York City and my job, perhaps I’m due to enter my sophomore slump. And while it’s a common occurrence, it doesn’t necessarily happen to everyone. We’ll see.

August 28, 2023

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