The Anti-Slump: Finding your purpose

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What do you desire? What gives you purpose? This type of internal questioning can be found in everything from ancient philosophy to a seemingly innocuous Rick and Morty episode. In the latter instance, Rick creates a machine that produces “Meeseeks” used for a single task, who then disappear. However, when one cannot fulfill a task, it notices a lack of direction in its short life and descends into psychotic fits and depression. It’s a metaphor for a life without purpose — or your potential slump.

College is a time of exploration — emotionally, socially, academically — and sophomore year is a time to keep exploring while actively searching for purpose in all of these arenas. It’s incredibly important at this youthful stage in our lives to question ourselves, and often, to find out what really makes us tick as individuals.

In order to enjoy yourself socially, do you love meeting new people, branching out, learning about one person on a deeper level, or learning more about yourself? What field of academics do you really lose yourself in — is it architecture, investments, coding, or writing poetry?  Continue Reading


Nostaglia Trip: The dos and don’ts of visiting your old dorm room

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My first experience with the common affliction of ‘former room nostalgia’ came in the fall of my freshman year, when I was awakened late at night by the sound of a girl I didn’t know knocking loudly and persistently on my door. When I kindly asked her what she thought she was doing in disturbing my sleep at three in the morning, a feverish light filled her eyes. “I used to live here,” she exclaimed excitedly. “Okay,” I replied, closing the door in her face and going back to sleep.

It was a strange experience that I didn’t quite understand at the time, but since then I have come to experience my own fair share of yearning for my first-year dorm room, which recently culminated in a visit to the place to relive old memories and see how it had changed in my absence. I wonder now whether I did that poor sophomore girl a favor by turning her away that night, because my visit turned out to be an uncomfortable, awkward, and truly depressing experience.

Thus, in an attempt to make others’ potential trips to their old living spaces just as fulfilling as mine was, I have compiled a handy guide of tips for when it’s late at night, you’re drinking in your room, and you want to go be drunk in the room where you used to do most of your drinking. Check it out after the jump. Continue Reading


The Anti-Slump: Last chance to apply for a MAPS mentor

Are you feigning confidence feeling lost and/or confused?  Today is the last day to apply for participation in the Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS). The fact that one needs to apply (I’m honestly intrigued by the program’s selectivity) for MAPS seems a bit absurd, but I am willing to look past this in hope of more guidance and one-on-one counseling. Through the program, “wise fools” sophomores are paired with junior and senior mentors based on concentration declaration for support related to research opportunities, internships, and general academic advice. Basically, it’s a more refined Meiklejohn program for second-year students. Apply today to combat the sophomore slump – there’s no shame.


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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