EXPLORE sophoMORE Program

EXPLORE sophoMORE will help you focus on exploring your identities, communities, and purpose in a small group of peers. You will have opportunities to strengthen interpersonal skills, connect with alumni mentors, and explore off campus.

Based on research about the sophomore experience at higher education institutions across the U.S.,  EXPLORE sophoMORE offers a small group setting where you can engage in big thinking, honest discussion, and awesome adventures that help you excel at your transition from "first year student who is just trying to survive" to "upperclass student who has it figured out".

Some questions we hope for you to be closer to answering after participating:

  • Who am I? Why does it matter? (Identity)
  • Who do I care about and belong with? How do I connect to others/the world around me? (Community)
  • Who and What do I want to become, and Why? (Purpose)


Want to learn more or have questions before you apply? Please feel free to reach out to Dean of the Sophomore Class, Rose Wasielewski, at rose.wasielewski@lawrence.edu.

EXPLOREsophoMORE Application


By applying, you agree that you are willing to commit to participate in the following:
  • Fall Term 2020: Weekly group gatherings Monday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm (no trip off campus - remote/virtual). ** IF APPLYING TO START WINTER TERM 2021: We would ask new Explorers to pre-read the journal materials from Term one prior to the program gathering in January.
  • Winter Term 2021: Weekly group gatherings Monday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm; potential for a Saturday field trip locally/regionally from approximately 7am-9pm (will depend on campus being remote or virtual).
  • Spring Term 2021: Individualized purpose-exploring project and touch-point with pod-leader from the program. This can take many forms - for example it could be creating a service project in the community, a search for an internship, a new program on campus, etc.
Please fill out the following web-form - Applications received on a rolling basis depending on capacity of the program.
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