10 Ways To Get Through The Rest Of Your College Semester

10 Ways To Get Through The Rest Of Your College Semester


It is the end of another semester, college students! The weekdays are seeming endless while the weekends seem to be on dub-speed. We are getting buried under all of our assignments and we are stressed out all of the time. I know it is tough to stay positive, but we can do it and summer is on the horizon! Here are 10 things you should do to get through the rest of the semester!

1. Study and do your assignments outside

Get out of your room every once in awhile and go outdoors. Sitting on a blanket on the quad and studying or getting work done is a lot more relaxing and less stressful than staying in your room all day. You also can get a tan and catch some rays while you study!

2. Puppy Time

The best way to relieve stress and lift your spirits is to play and cuddle with a dog. If you don't have your own dog, find a friend who does, or visit an animal shelter, they need love too.

3. Treat Yo' Self

You have worked so hard this semester. Whether you have gotten good or bad grades, you did your best and that's all that matters. With all the stress and worry this semester has caused you, you deserve a reward. Reward yourself by eating a big bowl of ice cream, buy some new clothes or even buy some books you have been wanting to read for awhile. Whatever it is that you love, treat yo' self!

4. Have Some 'You' Time

While it is very important to spend time with other people while you are coping with the stress, it is okay to spend time by yourself. Take some time to binge watch Netflix or read your favorite book. Your brain and body need a break!

5. Get Enough Sleep

I know there are so many papers to write and so much studying to do and so little time. However, it is totally fine to take a break from working and to sleep for a few hours. Your body needs it!

6. Spend time with your friends. You won't see them for the whole summer!

While it is totally fine to take sometime to yourself every now and then, you should hang out with other people and have some fun. Remember you won't see most of your friends during the summer!

7. Get off of campus every once in awhile

If you live on campus, you can begin to feel like you are trapped. Leave campus for a change of scenery every once and awhile. You can study in a coffee shop or even walk around downtown!

8. Exercise

It is a proven fact that exercise is a good stress reliever! Whether you just go on a walk or go to the gym, try to get some exercise everyday! It will make you a much happier, healthier and stress free person.

9. Plan Ahead

You may have five papers do on the same day, so plan your time accordingly where you aren't up all night, the day before they are all do!

10. Break up your work and play time

Be productive and get your assignments done, but also take breaks and have fun doing what you love with the people you love!

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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14 Honest College Things The Class Of 2023 Needs To Know ~Before~ Fall Semester

Sit down, be humble.


To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.


" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.


3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.


4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.


5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

visual representation of what it looks like when you join too many clubs


6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.


7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.


8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.


9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.


10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.


11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.


12. Don't try to brag about all the stuff you did in high school, you'll just sound like a weenie hut jr. scout


13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.


14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.


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