From Beaches to Books

By Asia Daggs
Blog Content Contributor

Use an organizer to help yourself stay organized. Photo by Asia Daggs.
Use a monthly planner to help yourself stay organized and in control of your schoolwork. Photo by Asia Daggs.

If you are having a difficult time getting back into your life after Spring Break, you are not alone. Spring Break is probably the most anticipated hiatus out of all holidays for everyone in school. College students have a destiny to fulfill when it comes to spring break; places such as South Padre and Cancun are major hotspots for vacationing university students. A week full of mingling with new people, beautiful beaches and festive ragers is a sure way to make you dread the upcoming week of school and work. Even if you spent your time relaxing at home or with your family, you possibly do not have the motivation to jump back into your regular routine.

As soon as the second week came around the corner, I started to feel haunted by school and all other responsibilities that I had been neglecting for spring break. The midterms and other important assignments that I had drained me of any determination that was left. I thought that I was the only person going through a slump, but from talking with others, I gathered that there are many students who are feeling the same way. College students are under tons of stress and do not receive enough hours of sleep throughout the week. Those factors also play a part in dwindling our motivation over time. After realizing that a majority of our student body was possibly underneath the same slump, I decided to write about it and find ways for all of us to reconnect with our sense of determination.

First things first – get some sleep! Our bodies are no good when we are exhausted, so try to put away extra time to go to bed earlier than usual or take naps in between the day. When you wake up feeling refreshed, you will be able to get more things accomplished and make it through the day without being too worn out. Eating breakfast to fuel your body and mind is also a huge key to maintaining energy and your overall health.

Secondly, get yourself organized. Organization can be a helpful strategy to use. Simple acts such as creating a list for each goal you have or keeping up with a monthly planner are ways to make you feel in control again. I usually write down my weekly tasks and mark them off as I get it done. My memory has leak holes, so I find it hard to keep up with all of my syllabi. Writing down everything in order of their due dates has helped me not miss any assignments or readings!

The only thing harder than getting motivated is being able to stay motivated. The idea of summer being around the corner is what keeps me pushing through the semester. If we can just keep trudging through these remaining couple of weeks, we will be in the clear and in paradise. When we look at our overall load of work, we can become overwhelmed. Remember to take the semester day by day. Focus solely on whatever you have due that day and give it your best effort. It is extremely important to keep yourself driven until the very end, due to finals being the last piece to the puzzle of sweet summertime. Hopefully, these tactics will stick with you over the years and be as helpful as possible. Give it your all and good luck Bobcats!

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