Advice for the Second Semester Slump
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Advice for the Second Semester Slump

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Advice for the Second Semester Slump
Jordan Whitfield

It's right around that time. Spring break is over (well, for the South it is), we're halfway through the semester, and midterms are over. If you've hit a wall like I have, here are some words of wisdom for those of you who are trying to pull through the "second semester slump".

It's good to plan for the future but don't forget about the now.

It does make a lot of sense to plan ahead and yes, it will benefit you in the future but, there has to be a balance between both. If you tend to think about the big picture a lot, that's good, but don't forget about the small little details. If you find yourself forgetting about the smaller assignments due in class, don't dismiss the fact that those grades do add up and will ultimately affect your overall grade. This also applies vice versa.

Sometimes change can be the catalyst for action.

Maybe it's not your classes that are boring you but your daily schedule. Try changing things up a bit, whether it is your gym routine, your weekend schedule, or the places that you regularly eat at. This can help your brain revamp and think in new ways with new stimulations.

Initiative, initiative, initiative.

Remember (especially if you're paying for your education yourself) that what you do while you're in college is all up to you. You can either sit around and do nothing or you can make the best of the time that you have to get ahead. Take charge of your destiny by taking initiative.

Find quotes, phrases, and songs that motivate you.

This might sound really cheesy but finding words that speak to you is like learning the melody to your favorite song - fun and uplifting. I know for me, I have a specific playlist that I listen to when I write my essays for class (or my articles!) They make me feel powerful and strong on the inside so I can work on the task at hand on the outside.

Take at least 30 minutes per day to rejuvenate.

My mom has always told me that taking 30 minutes per day to do what you like is sufficient when you have an incredibly busy schedule day to day. (This is also coming from the woman who owns her own business on top of working a full-time job and handles a family of 6... I would take her advice.) Even if you need to very specifically schedule out 30 minutes in your day for yourself, you will thank yourself later.

Always remember that you can get through this - the semester has to end at some point! With that being said, you owe it to yourself to power through and put your best foot forward. Keep motivated and happy, my friends!

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