Written by Sophie Diemler
The spring semester of 2017 is starting to wrap up. This past week I just finished midterms in most of my classes, and I have to start thinking about making plans for final projects and graduation. It’s been a long 4 years of college, and as fun of an adventure as it’s been, I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of life. With graduation being so close, I’ve been experiencing “senioritis” in full effect. My motivation levels are starting to dwindle and I’m ready to just be done. As tempting as it is to just get through the semester with as little effort as possible, I know I should finish my final year of school as strong as possible. Here are my tips to try to stay motivated and productive as the semester comes to a close:
1. Find Friends You Can Study With
Having friends that encourage and motivate me to succeed in school has been essential for feeling like I can finish the semester strong. Keeping people around you that are also motivated to do well in school will be a good influence and will help you to stay on track. If you can, try to organize study groups for whenever you know you have a big test or project coming up. Even if you study individually or are working on different projects, having other people who are focused on school work in the same room with you, will help you stay accountable to meeting your academic goals.
2. Reward Yourself With Breaks
To deter burnout from happening while working on projects, try to reward yourself with breaks every so often while you’re studying. Maybe reward yourself by watching an episode of your favorite show on Netflix after an hour of studying or go on a run if you’re feeling restless from sitting for long periods of time. Whatever you decide to do with your break, make sure it’s something you enjoy doing so that you feel refreshed and ready to take on your next study session.
3. Make Realistic Goals
Working on school projects can be super overwhelming if you try to tackle it all at once right before it’s due. It’s important to remember what goals are realistic for you to accomplish in one day. Try to break up large projects into small pieces where you can get a portion of them done each day before you end up scrambling to finish it right before it’s due. A good way to be able to plan your daily goals is to write them out for each week. Keep track of when you have to turn things in or when you have a test, and make small achievable goals each day for that week to keep on top of your work.
4. Time Management
Lastly, time management is a super important aspect to being “successful.” Doing well in school is important, but it’s also essential to balance your social life and time for taking care of yourself as well. Find ways to be able to effectively balance all aspects of your life. If you need to, use a planner to intentionally block out portions of your day or week to spend time with people you love or to spend time working on self care. Always remember that your mental health is the number one priority, and it takes precedence even over school work.
With the semester coming to a close, I know it can be easy to want to slack off and give up on doing well, but I believe that you and I can finish this semester strong. Let’s motivate and encourage each other to do the best we can and be all that we can be.