Sophomores Rising

Student Services

Sophomores Rising, which is open to all sophomores, provides second-year students with opportunities to build social connections, explore academic departments and majors, and attend skill-building workshops critical to success in the sophomore year.

Sophomores Rising is a collaboration between Student Services, the Office for Institutional Diversity, and the Center for Life Beyond Reed.

2017–18 Events

Sophomore Odysseys

We know that first year students find the pre-orientation Odysseys to be beneficial in creating social connections and learning about campus resources. We are excited to offer similar Odyssey experiences this fall for returning sophomores! Students can choose from three outdoor odysseys coordinated by Reed Outdoor Programs and one social justice odyssey coordinated by SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service) and the Office for Inclusive Community.

Sophomore Odysseys will take place Wednesday, August ​23, through Friday, August 25. These trips are open exclusively to returning students entering their sophomore year, and there is no fee to participate. All associated costs will be covered. You can participate in one Odyssey only since all Odysseys are running at the same time.

Application deadline is July 15. Questions? Contact Dayspring Mattole in the Office for Inclusive Community or Will Symms in Athletics, Fitness, and Outdoor Programs.

Outdoor Odysseys

The Outdoor Odyssey* will offer sophomores a chance to see some of the spectacular areas just outside of Portland, connect with classmates, and enjoy an outdoor adventure. This trip is for all skill levels but participants should be ready to camp out-of-doors, endure some physical trials, and be willing to step outside of their comfort zones. There will be three trips offered, including backpacking through Mt. Adams Wilderness area, rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park, and a journey to the Reed Ski Cabin for canoeing, hiking, and various mountain adventures.

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*Please note: Reed College reserves the right to alter or cancel trips based on conditions or situations outside the control of the college. These conditions include but are not limited to low registration, wildfire risk, and low water conditions. If Reed offers an alternative trip, participants will be contacted to opt-in to the new activity.

Social Justice Odysseys

The Social Justice Odyssey will provide an opportunity for sophomores to engage with the greater Portland community, explore connections between activism and the arts, and build relationships with other students. This trip is for you if you are new to organizing and activism, if you are deeply involved in social justice work on campus or in your home community, or if you’re excited about meeting new people within the Reed and Portland community. Students will experience a walking tour of Portland’s social justice landmarks, attend a community arts event, explore important businesses owned by Portland community members of color, and engage with a local nonprofit organization. This trip is an exciting collaboration between SEEDS and the Office for Inclusive Community.

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Sophomore Summit

Sophomore Summit is a half-day program that takes place at the start of fall semester. The 2017 Sophomore Summit will take place on Saturday, September 16, from noon to 4 p.m. 

The program will begin with lunch and a presentation by Cameron WhittenFollowing lunch, students can choose between concurrent 40 minute workshops. These workshops are designed to equip students with skills that are critical to success in the sophomore year. Based on student surveys and feedback from last year's Summit, we've identified the following workshop topics:  

  • Major Exploration and Finding Your Purpose
  • Fellowships and Grants
  • Networking
  • Office Hours and Communicating with Faculty
  • Time Management and Self Care

After the workshops, the program will conclude with a panel discussion with alumni. 

Sophomore Dinners Hosted by Alumni: Stay Tuned!

Alumni-hosted dinners are being planned as part of the Sophomores Rising program—check back here for updates soon.