Surviving the last weeks of the semester

By Carly Newton

Photo by Emma Matthews Digital Content Production on Unsplash.

College is difficult, and it requires a lot of mental toughness to get through it. That mental toughness is challenged during the final weeks of a college semester. This is especially true in regards to the ending of a spring semester because the warming weather and sunshine can make a student’s motivation crumble. The desire to sit down at a computer and do homework for hours is at an all-time low. Luckily, there are many tips and tricks to help you get through those daunting and taxing few weeks until summer vacation arrives. 

Christine Minck, assistant director of counseling at SUNY Plattsburgh, suggested a list of strategies that may help a struggling student.

“I would recommend a key factor to improving motivation is good stress management,” Minck said. 

Stress management comes in many different forms and isn’t the same for everyone, so it’s important to try various strategies to find what works best for you. One strategy suggested by Minck was to take a walk. Fresh air can be beneficial to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed and looking for a good way to clear their head. Minck also listed prioritizing exercise as a way to get motivated—going for a walk definitely fits into this category. 

In the article “How to Stay Motivated at the End of the Semester,” atThoughtCo. Kelci Lynn Lucier mentions exercise as a tip for staying motivated.

“When you’re low on energy, adding exercise to your routine sounds positively dreadful. Making the time for physical activity, however, can help relieve your stress, increase your energy, and clear things up mentally,” Lucier wrote in the article.

Minck also mentioned making time for leisure activities as being important. Keeping distracted with activities you like is crucial to avoid becoming burnt-out from schoolwork. If you have a favorite hobby, you should make time for it in-between assignments. Getting your mind distracted with something you enjoy doing will improve your mood and make it easier to get your work done when the time comes. 

Try taking one day out of the week where you don’t do homework or open your laptop. On this day, do activities you enjoy like shopping, seeing friends, reading, catching up on your favorite TV shows, or playing video games. If you can set aside one day out of the week where you do your favorite hobbies, you will become more motivated to do your work.

In the article, “5 Tips for Staying Motivated at the End of the Semester,” Morgan Markowski writes about the importance of relaxing. 

“It is essential to dedicate some time to yourself to relax and recharge for the next day. Whether you spend time with family, go for a walk or go get dinner, you deserve time to relax. Anything that can take your mind off of everyday stressors will benefit you both academically and emotionally,” Markowski wrote.

Other strategies included in Minck’s list were eating healthier, meditating, developing positive self-talk habits, practicing yoga, creating artwork, reassessing your to-do lists and obtaining social support. 

Essentially, many ways can help you stay motivated as your semester nears the end. Every person will have something different that works for them, and trying out different strategies is the best way to find out what helps you. 

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