6 Things That Become Increasingly Harder To Do As The Semester Nears Its End

6 Things That Become Increasingly Harder To Do As The Semester Nears Its End

Stress is piling up - probably more than you've faced all semester.

Another semester almost gone! It seems impossible that the last two and a half months have flown by so quickly.

Nevertheless, you know that in just a few short weeks you’ll be heading home for a month of rest and relaxation, of spending your evenings nestled under cozy blankets and guiltlessly binge-watching your favorite Netflix series. But in those coming weeks before move-out day arrives, stress is piling up—probably more stress than you’ve faced all semester. While it’s exciting to have a long break to look forward to, the last few weeks of the fall semester are often the toughest.

Somehow even the things that seemed the simplest when the school year was first starting start to feel most difficult…

1. Get yourself out of bed.

It’s still dark out when your alarm goes off, and the mornings are cold. It’s so tempting to roll back over and skip your 8 AM—it’s just one class, right? Wait…no…you’ve already missed three this semester…

2. Get homework done after class.

Again, there’s something about the darkness. It makes you feel like it’s almost time for bed, not like it’s time to start a load of homework.

3. Trudge over to the dining hall for dinner.

You know you should go eat a real meal tonight. You do. But now that it’s so cold and windy at night, the walk seems so much longer than it did at the beginning of the year…

4. Keep track of assignments and due dates.

Even though there are only a few weeks left, more work is being thrown at you now than ever before, And with the semester’s end on your mind, you know time is running out so you feel even more pressure.

5. Justify buying anything that isn’t an absolute necessity.

You’ve been watching your bank account balance slowly but steadily drop for the last couple of months…and now it’s beginning to sink in that holiday shopping season is right around the corner.

6. Keep track of the days.

Wait, is today really only Tuesday? I swear, I thought it was Thursday…Anyway…how many more days ’til break? At a certain point in the semester, time just seems to become a big blur. Everyone is burnt out and pushing themselves to excel in the last few weeks with a fraction of the energy they had in the beginning.

But hang in there…when that glorious day arrives, that month of rest and relaxation will feel even more well-deserved!

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How To Have a Safe and Memorable Prom 2018

The season is upon us

Spring is upon us and it is the time of year where high school boys and girls go out of their way to plan the perfect night. But what constitutes the perfect night for a 16 and 17 year old? Well, it always depends on the person, but I can definitely say there are only a few ways to guarantee safety and a good time. Prom is a rite of passage and should be treated as such.

Keep communication open. When you are going out as a group of teenagers, your parents tend to want to know where you are and what you are doing. This is not a ploy for control, but better yet a way to make sure you stay safe and come home alive. We live in a world where getting 'lit' is more important than maintaining a level of responsibility. So in short, keep your parental units updated on any change of plans or locations for the night.

Do not drink underage. Seriously, you can have a good time without alcohol. Don't spike the punch or try to bring in flasks. This for one is illegal but also unsafe. Some people drive themselves to and from and unsuspecting patrons would not take kindly to a DUI or death of anyone else. This includes the use of drugs. Just do not do it.

Go as a group. If you are trying to decide whether or not to go stag, with a date, or in a group, I highly suggest going as a group. You can always ditch the dance and go bowling after a few songs anyway. As long as you remember to remind your parental units. You will make many memories and save tons of money carpooling

Eat light before the dance. You do not want to be feeling sick while getting down at the dance, or want your clothes feeling tight and uncomfortable. After all you just spent a fortune on that dress and your makeup took forever. Eat light and non messy. Then after the dance IHOP or Waffle House, whatever after prom tradition you have to live.

Do not let petty drama ruin your night. Prom is a very important night but it can sometimes turn into a teenage drama fest if you let some things get to you. Have a good tie being you and having a good time with your friends.

No one can promise a perfect night, but you can always have a good time with what is given to you. So go out, be free, have a fantastic time and remember: BE SAFE.

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