How to Survive a Mid-Semester Crisis

How to Survive a Mid-Semester Crisis

"I'm dropping out of school"

It is getting to that point in the semester where you may be thinking “I don’t want to go to class,” “I hate school,” or even “I want to drop out.” Midterms are upon us and unfortunately, spring break is over, and summer is so close yet so far.

Give Yourself the Day Off:

I am not saying skip all of your classes and don’t do your homework. Find a day you do not have any classes or anything due and do what you enjoy most. Also, do things that will make you feel good, like read your favorite book or binge watch your favorite show. Just do what you wish you were doing when you are stuck doing school work. And don’t forget to treat yo self. Go get that spray tan or that manicure, if it makes you feel good about yourself, just do it, it’s only for one day. One day off won’t affect your future!

Listen to good music:

Music can both make and break a mood. Make yourself a great playlist of songs that will cheer you up, not drag you down. Just a little bit of advice, look for the playlists that are more positive not the ones with titles of ‘feels’ or in that category.

Go to Class:

As much as you have that temptation to not go because “just missing one class” is okay, it will turn into a habit, I promise you. Although I’m sure you’d rather spend that time doing just about doing anything else, when the time for the final comes, you will regret not going to class. Also, it’s a rewarding feeling when you actually go to lecture and test time comes around and you don’t have to learn EVERYTHING in a week.

Surround yourself with positive people:

This is an obvious statement for all aspects of life, but the most important when losing motivation. Having at least one positive person in your life can change everything. It is super important to know how to recognize those who are there for you. They will be the ones hyping you up and encouraging you to do your best, compared to those are the ones who could care less about your success.

Working out:

You have probably heard this in every possible health class, but working out releases endorphins, which long story short, are feel good chemicals. So you are already feeling better about yourself while doing something good for yourself. It can also give you more energy, so instead of going to take that nap, go wake yourself up at the gym instead of going back to your house or dorm room in between classes.

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

SEE ALSO: To The Teacher Who Helped Shape Me

I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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