10 End Of School Year Struggles

10 End Of School Year Struggles

As summer approaches, motivation goes down hill

It is that time of year. School is winding down. Summer is slowly approaching. Everyone's motivation is going downhill. With a busy last push, there are so many struggles of making it through the final stretch of the school year.

1. Waking up in the morning gets harder and harder

2. Registering for next semester's classes is a struggle and a half

3. On top of finals, you have hundreds of exams, papers, and projects getting squeezed into the rest of the month

4. Everyone just wants summer weather

5. If you have to eat one more dining hall meal, you might explode

6. Remember that thing that "wasn't due until April"? Well, now you actually have to do it.

7. Trying to make the most of the final weeks with your school friends

8. Daydreaming about summer can be very distracting

10. You're conflicted because you can't wait for summer but also don't want to leave

Knowing that there are only three and a half weeks left at my school is so crazy. There is so much left to do. It feels like three and a half weeks is nothing. But it's also three and a half weeks of craziness. What do you think is the hardest struggle on this list?

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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I'm Only Two Weeks Into My Freshman Year, And I Already Have Regrets

With the loss of time and time management, another habit which has overtaken my college experience is failing to use meal swipes.


To me, the summer after high school graduation was probably the best experience of my life. Filled with lazy days at the beach and late nights at grad parties, it was both exciting and sad, as it ushered in the next chapter of my and my friends' lives. Coming from a big family, my summer experience also included countless reminders of what to do, but mainly not to do, in college.

Don't waste your money! It's not all about partying! Learn to manage your time! Always wear shower shoes! Study! And again, study!

While this constant beat down of advice felt like a never-ending carousel of clichés, more often than not, my families advice has held true. Yet like every teenager which has graced this Earth before me, to start my year I once again chose to ignore near everything I was told (though I always wear shower shoes, if you don't that's just nasty).

It's sad to say, but only two weeks into my collegiate freshman year I have some regrets. Habits I've already built, am not proud of, and probably will need to change. Though I would hope that you would take my advice and learn from my problems, the belief that it would make a difference is foolish, and instead, hopefully, this acts like a little comedic relief for your mindset move back to school.

Within the first couple of classes during sylly week, it rapidly became obvious to me that work in college would be far more difficult than the Kahoot's and Quizlet's of high school could overcome. People aren't lying when they say college is hard. For me, homework and readings on the first day of class were unheard-of and getting used to taking notes from a verbal lecture rather than PowerPoint was a chore.

Nonetheless, in that first week of classes, I knowingly made my first mistake, I began watching "Game of Thrones."

Yes, "GOT" (to abbreviate) is an Emmy award-winning show which does have mild educational value (mainly in the sense of morals or if you wish to become fluent in the Dothraki language), but it also is a severely addictive cinematic masterpiece which leaves you unable to prevent bingeing. Out of "GOT" spawned two fairly destructive habits, procrastination, and a poor sleep schedule.

Work, including this article, has become second to finding out who will end up as King or Queen of Westeros (I just started season five, so please, no spoilers). Rutgers as my enabler (HBO streaming is provided free for all students), I, like many of the people freed by Daenerys Targaryen, have become enslaved to the future of this fantasy world.

With the loss of time and time management, another habit which has overtaken my college experience is failing to use meal swipes, instead simply not eating or just getting takeout. Let's face it. No matter what school you are at and no matter how good your dining halls food is, it will quickly get old, and effectively suck. It's tough to get up early and walk what feels like miles just to get powdered eggs and rind-filled coffee when a protein bar in your room or the Dunkin' Donuts on the corner seems far more appealing.

But what most college students fail to realize, including myself, is that meal swipes are basically money. The cost of an average meal swipe at most universities is $8, so while it may seem easier to sleep in or get breakfast on the go, you are actually losing you, or your parents a significant amount of money but not using them up. And trust me, the "don't waste money" aspect of collegiate advice is very true, laundry is expensive, books are expensive, basically, the whole scam of college expenses are well, expensive.

Last, but certainly not least, comes the infectious desire to go home. While having your family 10 minutes away seems like a major perk, in some ways it has actually limited my college experience. Deciding to go home to do laundry and grab a decent meal typically turns into me spending the night, and it becomes harder and harder to justify communal bathrooms and hard mattresses when I sleep on my Tempurpedic at home.

While most college students likely never face this struggle and probably laugh when I call it one, home is really tempting. I'm a social guy. I like going out, hanging out, and eating out, but in the first few weeks, it's been hard to argue with the comfortability. I guess it does make sense that after spending 18 years in the same house with the same people, it's hard to change. Then again, college has once again upheld another cliché and taught me again that change always is.

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