Sophomore (pron.: //) is a term particularly used in US English to describe a student in the second year of study at high school or university. The word is also used as a synonym for "second", for the second album or EP released by a musician or group, the second movie of a director, or the second season of a professional athlete.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The term comes from Greek σόφισμα (sophisma), “acquired skill, clever device, method” The term sophomore is probably a compound of the Greek σοφός (sophos), "wise" + μωρός (moros), "foolish, dull".
Education in the US[edit | edit source]
High school[edit | edit source]
The 10th grade is the second year of a student's high school period and is referred to as sophomore year. High school sophomores are expected to begin preparing for the college application process, including increasing and focusing their extracurricular activities. Students at this level are also considered to be developing greater ability for abstract thinking.
College[edit | edit source]
In the U.S., college sophomores are advised to begin thinking about career options and to get involved in volunteering or social organizations on or near campus.
Usage in other countries[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
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- Junior (education)
- Second season syndrome
- Second system effect
- Senior (education)
- Sophomore slump
- Sophomore surge
- Sophomore's dream
- Sophomoric humor
References[edit | edit source]
- "Concise Oxford English Dictionary". Oxford University Press. http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/sophomore?view=uk.
- "Sophomore (1)". Merriam–Webster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sophomore%5B1%5D.
- "Sophomore (2)". Merriam–Webster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sophomore%5B2%5D.
- σόφισμα, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
- μωρός, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
- Online Etymology Dictionary
- Sophomore Year: Time to Narrow Down Your Extracurricular Activities
- Strauss, Valerie (2006-02-07). "Sophomore Year: Between Lark and a Hard Place". Education section (The Washington Post). http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/06/AR2006020601581.html. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
- "Sophomore Year: Get Involved". A year by year guide. Yale University. http://www.yale.edu/visvi/students/year_guide/sophomore.html. Retrieved 2009-05-26.