Well, I almost made it.
It’s official. There is one month and one day left until graduation. Which means there are like, 17 school days left before finals week and then a few tests and then I’m done with college.
In order to make it through these last few weeks of school, I have a plan to keep me motivated. I know I do these kinds of posts a lot, but seeing as you, the reader, are probably almost done with high school, I think we both could benefit.
- Get plenty of rest (but don’t overdo it). Seven to eight hours a night should give you the energy you need to get through the day.
- Eat a good breakfast. They’re not lying when they say it’s the most important meal of the day. Cook some scrambled eggs, butter up a piece of sourdough toast, and wash it down with some orange juice and yogurt. Yum.
- Pay attention in class. I know it’s hard, especially with Google Maps being littered with Pokemon that you can spend hours catching. But playing games on your phone won’t help you keep that GPA up till the end of the semester.
- Get outside, or at least to the gym. It’s probably the last thing you want to do if you’re feeling unmotivated but trust, those endorphins are actually all they’re cracked up to be.
- Do homework first. I know, I know, all I want to do when I get home from school is get a package of Oreos and curl up with Netflix too. But if you get your work done first, you won’t have it looming over your head, and you’ll have a clearer mind while you’re doing it!
The last part of the school year is always rough, but if you follow these suggestions, I know you can make it! What are your ideas for getting through the last bit of the semester?
- healthy snacks (granola bars, veggies, trail mix)
- water bottle (reusable – save the environment)
- scantrons and $0.50 to buy extra scantrons in case you lose/bend yours
- Indie Holidays playlist on Pandora
- textbooks and all your notes from the whole semester
- scratch paper to doodle/plan your ideas on
- tbirdnation.org or SUU Confessions open in a tab for your study break distractions
- ugly sweater
Step One: Go to the library. You can’t get studying done outside the library. Trust me, I’ve tried. Set up your station on the third floor with your computer surrounded by notes, books, snacks, and water. You’ll probably see your friends there but put in your headphones (playing Pandora of course) to get rid of the temptation to talk to them.
Step Two: Actually study. Bury yourself in those notes and learn, learn, learn. Or, if you’re writing a paper or doing an assignment, make yourself work on it for 30 minutes before taking a break. Repeat.
Step Three: Take a break. Read tbirdnation.org or SUU Confessions to entertain yourself, walk around, say hi to one of your friends who is also taking a break (don’t distract your friends who are working). Give yourself a time limit on your break and then get back to work.
Step Four: If you find that you can’t concentrate at all and you’re getting nothing done, head over to the PE Building and go for a jog. It will relax your mind and make it easier for you to concentrate when you return.
Step Five: Chances are, during finals week you’ll be invited to at least one ugly sweater party. (I’m going to one tonight.) Allow yourself to go, at least for a little while. Ugly sweater parties are awesome.
Step Six: Get enough sleep. Then study some more.
Step Seven: Ace that final! You’ve done all you can and there’s no reason to stress about it now. Don’t forget your scantron, be confident, and walk out of there with your head held high. You did it!
College. Crazy. Busy. Fun. Overwhelming. Rewarding. Exciting.
This is my life. Or at least PART of my life.
Experiences with my past 11 semesters of school, and now in my 12th semester, has taught me that the week BEFORE finals week is much much more intense than finals week. This is the week where the bulk of all my papers, presentations, activities, events, gatherings, and responsibilities come due. This on top of attending regular classes, studying for final exams, and balancing those things with a strong internal drive for social-ness leaves me tired most of the time. Don’t worry. I love it. You probably do too.
This craziness drives me forward. The stress fuels my abilities. The pressure fades into success.
I love this week when I realize that I really actually was learning important stuff during the semester. It’s go time. Let’s go! Here’s a random conglomeration of what I’ve seen and what I’ve been up to this week.
Best of luck to you, me, SUU in general, and every other member of the Tbirdnation. May your pre-finals week, finals week, and holiday season be filled with everything you want it to be filled with!
I can’t believe the semester is almost coming to an end. We have three weeks left of school at SUU before Christmas break. Then, just like that, classes will be starting up again and another semester will be underway. Thanksgiving Break also starts …. well, as soon as class ends today, which is very exciting.
Sometimes it is hard to focus when there is such little time left, so I thought I’d give four suggestions for what I do when the end of the semester rolls around:
1. Don’t get stuck in a rut. In other words, don’t just focus on the count down (although that is probably hypocritical of the first paragraph). If you focus on getting each project done, making sure to complete assignments on time, you’ll get through the last few weeks.
2. Take time to have fun. Yes, studying for finals is important. Yes, those final projects are sometimes a pain and lack of motivation may be running high. But, work hard. Don’t give your worst at the end of the semester. Instead, work hard, but also take breaks while studying. Go grab some frozen yogurt at Krave or a white hot chocolate from The Grind.
3. Make time to exercise. Whenever I get really stressed and unmotivated, I realize there usually has been a lack of exercise. So, dust off your gym shoes, rent some rock climbing equipment for the indoor rock wall, or find some friends who can (or can’t) play racquetball.
4. Get enough sleep. This one can be quite difficult for college students, but I have found that I can focus more, I am happier, and I feel less stressed when I get enough sleep at night.
Do you have any tips to share?