Sophomore Focus

Dear Sophomores,

After a year of acclimating to your Mount Holyoke community, the focus of your sophomore year will be continued academic exploration and thinking about the building blocks for your future success. What are your intellectual curiosities? How can you be engaged in- and outside of the classroom? How can you take advantage of resources here to care for your personal wellbeing and achieve academic goals?

While some of you may have already chosen a major, some of you may be looking to confirm your interests in a field of study and some of you may be feeling very uncertain of what’s next for you. That’s okay! This is a good time to continue your exploration through different classes and to talk to your faculty advisor and other professors. What classes have you really enjoyed? What would you like to learn more about? Can you connect an outside hobby or passion to an academic subject?

“Big picture” questions like what your major and/or career path will be can be tackled in small chunks. Sophomore year is a great time to reflect on the person you are becoming, how you want to spend your time, and areas in which you’d like to develop skills or expertise. Consider whether you might want to pursue a Nexus Program, what volunteering or internship opportunities might be valuable to you, and what you might gain from taking a Five College course or studying abroad.

There is a wealth of resources and opportunities at Mount Holyoke to help you as you begin to tailor your academic program and begin to think more about the future. As your class dean, I am here to help you with any questions or concerns and provide support along the way. Please call 413-538-2855 to schedule an appointment with me or visit during drop-in times with a quick question.


Alison Roberts Hopkins
Class Dean for Sophomores and Juniors