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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1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

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5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

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16. Belesprit

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17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

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I want to be a woman who draws people in.

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Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

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26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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