A sophomore slump or sophomore jinx refers to an instance in which a second, or sophomore, effort fails to live up to the standards of the first effort. It is commonly used to refer to the apathy of students (second year of high school, college or university), the performance of athletes (second season of play), singers/bands (sophomore album), television shows (second seasons) and movies (sequels/prequels).
In the United Kingdom, the "sophomore slump" is more commonly referred to as "second year blues", particularly when describing second-year university students. In Australia, the "sophomore slump" is known as "second year syndrome", and is particularly common when referring to professional athletes who have a mediocre second season following a stellar debut season.
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- Henderson, Angela. Sophomore slump afflicts many students. The Lantern. 28 May 2008.
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Howard Wainer (2007), "The Most Dangerous Equation", American Scientist 95
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