By Rikki Yanez
Blog Content Contributor
Coming back after spring break typically feels like one of the greatest challenges for college students. Mentally, you are still in spring break mode even after a week of school has gone. The end of the spring semester is always the hardest for me since it’s hard to get motivated again. Being unmotivated while getting bombarded by plenty of exams and projects seem to the worst combo ever, especially since the end of the semester goes by within a blink of an eye. However, it doesn’t have to be this way since there are little steps you can take that will not only make you feel better, but can also help you survive the end of the semester.
Ever since spring break has ended all I feel like doing is sleeping, eating and complaining about not having time to do school work or time to myself. However, I noticed complaining isn’t going to get me anywhere. I know it might sound annoying or unnecessary to do, but I tend to find dressing up for my classes puts me in a better mood. Dressing up makes me feel good about myself and shifts my mindset that all things are possible that day. Feeling presentable makes me feel like I have my life in control (even though I most likely don’t), as well as helping me be more aware and focused during lectures. I know when I’m in a good mood and having to attend lectures everyday of the week I find that I retain more information, which tends help when I have an upcoming test since I can remember the material that was covered in class more clearly.
Always staying on top of your work and not put it off till the last minute is another tip that could be worthwhile not just in college, but in your future career. What I find that helps me a lot is starting the project when I’m first told about it and then adding to it more whenever I have time, this way I reduce the load later on. Another tip that college students forget to do is getting enough sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep it will affect your mood, your performance and have an affect on you physically and mentally, which can be very unhealthy for you if you continuously don’t get enough sleep. Hanging out or venting to your friends can also be beneficial since it will help reduce stress knowing you are not the only one going through this. Lastly, make some time for yourself whether it’s resting, binge watching Netflix, reading a book by the pool or shopping. Whatever it is that you find relaxing, make time for that each week or every other week and I’m sure it will make the end of the semester bearable.
Featured image by Rikki Yanez.