SophoMORE Street

Student academic showcase


Walk the walk with high impact. Make the most of your sophomore year and get involved!


  • Encourage participation in research, creative projects, service, and community-based learning, internships, and departmental opportunities.
  • Student excellence thrives in the presence of peers. 
  • Develop collaborative opportunities with peers and with faculty to maximize your high-impact.
  • Enhance social and personal connections through campus-wide partnerships.


Learning Community

  • Students enroll in 2 or more courses that are connected thematically during the fall of their sophomore year as a learning cohort.
  • Learning communities provide a Common Intellectual Experience, and opportunities for Collaborative Assignments and Projects.

Collaborative Assignments and Projects

  • Collaborate with your peers to undergraduate research or other creative scholarship and projects.
  • Submit your projects to NCUR or other conference opportunities on campus and beyond.

WCU Away (Diversity & Global Learning)

  • Seek opportunities for a study abroad experience during the summer between your sophomore and junior years.
  • Learn more from International Programs and Services.


  • Work with the Career & Professional Development Center for pre-internship prep.
  • Communicate with your academic department if internships are part of the program.

Service Learning and Community-Based Learning

  • Work with the Center for Service Learning to develop meaningful service learning connections.
  • Connect community engagement opportunities with your Internship and Research elements.;

Undergraduate Research

  • Seek opportunities to work with faculty on research projects to help move from sophomore to junior level work.
  • Develop a research project based on something that sparks your passion and your curiousity.

Writing Intensive Course

  • Enroll in courses that encourage intensive writing to build communication skills and creative potential.
  • Write a short story or poem or essay or research paper.

Peer Academic Leadership

  • Connect with student organizations related to your field of study, career interests, and personal interests.
  • Utilize the services or peer leaders in support offices such as tutors and peer career mentors.
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