The Anti-Slump: The Slump…it’s here!

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Get to the life rafts!

I don’t have much time. We don’t have much time. We sophomores have been working hard this semester to keep the Slump at bay. At times it seemed like we had even gained the upper hand. But alas, all of our progress might be for naught. The storm is coming. In fact, I fear it is already upon us.

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Hurricane Finals, circa RIGHT NOW.

There is still time to escape, to save yourself before the tempest strikes. You can drop a class anytime before finals. I strongly urge anyone reading this to drop all of their classes IMMEDIATELY, and then walk in a quiet and orderly fashion to the nearest fallout shelter. There should be enough Spam in there to last you until junior year, when it will be safe to come out again.

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The Anti-Slump: Unpacking those buzzwords

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I have a long and troubled history with epistemology. I have no beef with the branch of philosophy that it refers to, but the word itself caused me a good deal of grief last year.

Like, I presume, most first years, I arrived at Brown with little knowledge of academic buzzwords. One of the most intimidating things about being in class as a first year is the volume of specialized vocabulary that you seemingly must learn in order to receive a passing grade and/or carry on a coherent conversation. (Let me add here that during freshman fall I took a couple of Anthro classes, which are essentially glorified buzzword orgies.)

Some of the most common academic catchphrases are easy enough to understand. To “unpack” is to dissect the complex meaning of a phrase, action, or thought; a “dichotomy” happens when there are two things; and “problematizing” is the process of realizing that something you like actually sucks.

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Anti-Slump: The other side of the table

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Tip to resist the Slump: Remind yourself what a dweeb you were last year.

You’ve been warned about the Sophomore Slump. I’ve been warned about the Sophomore Slump. We’ve all been warned about the Sophomore Slump. As my first year at Brown drew to a close last spring, a preemptive sense of nostalgia crept over me. It was surely all downhill from here.

I returned this semester as a sophomore, teeth gritted against the inevitable plunge in motivation. No matter several positive developments—I had a nice room, I had friends, I could locate Smitty B on a map—I expected my life to turn sour at any moment.

There is still plenty of time left for me to lose all sense of purpose, but so far sophomore year has been a marked improvement over freshman year. Take the Activities Fair, for example.

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PSA: Pre-registration begins tomorrow at 8 a.m.!

Screen-Shot-2015-03-18-at-3.41.36-AMWith all of the excitement surround Spring Weekend, it’s easy to forget that pre-registration starts tomorrow! Rising seniors get first dibs on classes next semester starting at 8 a.m. Rising juniors will be able to sign up for classes starting 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15. All other students will have access to registration starting on Thursday at 8 a.m. Registrations will be open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.

Students in their first, second, or third semester will have to get an Advising Pin in order to smoothly register for classes. Rising junior will also need to declare their concentrations before being able to register.

If a student fails to pre-register, phe will be automatically charged a $15 fee to their student account. So get your carts in order–it’s go time.

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The Anti-Slump: Concentration fair today

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Are you a sophomore? Do you lack direction in your academic goals? Are you slumping hardcore? Good thing there’s a concentration fair tomorrow to further make you feel like shit. Well, not in all cases. If you have questions about concentrations or just want to explore your overwhelming options, head to Sayles tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There will be concentration advisors, concentrators involved in DUGs, and other general advisors waiting to help you out. Yeah, you might go and realize you have less of a clue about what you’re doing than you thought. Or you might miraculously find the concentration for you and see the skies part while angelic voices sing from the heavens. Either way, it’s well worth your time to start thinking in the long term (if you haven’t already) and check out your options.


The Anti-Slump: An Introduction

The wise sage Jason Mraz once said, “The sophomore slump is an uphill battle.” Sure, it may seem that way, but we’re here to make that hill a little less daunting. Introducing The Anti-Slump, a new series that gives you the motivation to win that uphill battle. So flock to us whenever you feel the slump creeping up on you — we’ll be here every other week with another helpful piece of guidance or generally inspirational tid-bits to help you shake up your sophomore year.

The myth of the sophomore slump is real. But it doesn’t have to be. Sophomore year is a time when academics get more serious, things get familiar enough for you to breathe, and a lowly second-year realizes how much of Brown there is left to discover. But sophomore year is all about motivating yourself — and that’s where we come in — because there’s no one else that’s going to force you to. At this stage in the game there are no Meikeljohns, First-Year Seminars or unit meetings, but there are still so many questions left unanswered.

To start you off, here is a lil bucket list that we have compiled, which will help us motivate ourselves, too. We’re setting the bar high and so should you! It’s all about keeping up the ambition. Check it out after the jump.

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