Sophomore year: the quiet transition

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Carver Hix ’25

The start of a new year in high school always comes with its downfalls, benefits, and other changes, but these are often portrayed from the perspective of a freshman or senior. The movement from freshman to sophomore year is less mentioned but equally significant.

Unlike the beginning freshman, sophomores are not the new kids on campus nor are they treated that way. They are a fully integrated part of the community at Strake Jesuit and with that can come increased responsibilities. 

“I always feel pressure with my grades,” said Raj Trivedi ‘25. “Now that college is coming around the corner, I have to keep them up.”

Many others have cited similar pressures with grades, sports, and other activities as college is becoming a more prevalent idea in daily life for sophomores. On top of that are the changes in workload and class difficulty, a topic faced with mixed opinions. 

“I have received less homework,” said Raj Trivedi. “In freshman year I feel teachers want you to get used to the rigor of high school, but this year they have toned it down.”

Contrary to Trivedi, other students believe that they are receiving a larger workload compared to freshman year, but this discrepancy might be due in part to the wide range of classes and higher level courses being offered to sophomores.

“I feel like I have gotten more work this year,” said Henry Urbani ‘25. “One thing I recommend [to freshmen] is to definitely keep up with their homework and go see your teachers because they are there to help.”

Along with the college pressure and changes in workload, the overall feel of the campus and Jesuit community for sophomores can change as well. 

“One big difference from freshman year is that I [feel] a lot more comfortable around campus,” said Declan Barbosa ‘25.

A common theme among sophomore students like Barbosa is the sense of comfort and unity they feel now that they have been fully incorporated into the community, not as the new kid but as an experienced member. 

“I feel like this year I have really gotten used to the school and established close bonds with my friends and teachers,” said Raj Trivedi ‘25