Dear College Student,
We know this time of year spreads holiday cheer, however, it is also a time of pressure and anxiety. When we think of this time of year we associate it with the stress of studying for finals. Personally, being very involved on campus; and as a hard-working student both in my studies and with my extra-curricular activities, I feel being as involved as I am comes at some expense.
Not only has this semester been kicking my ass these past few weeks, it has been kicking my ass this semester as a whole. The classes I am taking are very challenging, but they are allowing me to grow personally and as a student. I'll be honest, when I get stressed it usually ends with me putting my face in my hands in frustration. For some, you can relate, for others, showing your emotions makes you feel vulnerable and weak. I've had a few moments this semester where I was ready to give up. But with my perseverance and desire to excel, that's what keeps me going. I think about the "why" to give me the strength to move forward. Why am I taking such a difficult load of classes this semester? Why have I come so close to giving up? Why, why, why… I'm taking these difficult classes to get to the light at the end of the tunnel, getting a teaching job somewhere in the New Jersey or Pennsylvania area to do what I have been passionate about since nine years old, inspire students.
For those times when I felt defeated, it's not for those to feel pity towards me, but rather for me to let my frustration out. One thing I love to do is channel my inner emotions and write.
My suggestions to you in preparation for the least anticipated weeks, is to give yourself some "me-time." Whether this consists of going for a drive, taking a nap, spending time with friends, or spending time alone, writing down your feelings, or letting them out, take time for self-care. It's the least you can do for yourself, considering the hard work and dedication you have put into this long, semester.
It's important to not regret what you've felt or what you've done thus far into the school year. As a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, there's a reason you didn't get that position in a club, didn't get the best grade on a test, etc. These reasons can range from learning from mistakes, building yourself up, or learning to cope with not always getting what we want.
So please, I encourage you these next few weeks of the semester to
1. Work hard
2. Stay positive
3. Let your emotions out
4. Don't be afraid to ask for help
5. Take care of yourself
Best of luck to all in your studies!