A phrase used to describe the oft-observed decline in productivity that a second-year college student experiences. Possible causes include:
- Increased social life
- Increased awareness of how little it all matters
- Decreased influence of parents
- Lack of novelty
- Second-guessing of the college decision

sophomore slump is also commonly applied to artists and athletes who make highly successful debuts, but whose second effort is noticeably inferior to their first.

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