How To Survive A Semester That Sort Of Sucked

How To Survive A Semester That Sort Of Sucked

16 weeks can teach you a lot.

Last week was the end of final exams, and we are all rejoicing for a summer full of adventure and new experiences! But first, take some time to reflect on this semester. There were times you definitely wished the semester was over, and other times you wanted the semester to just pause because you were having so much fun. As a college sophomore, now junior, here's what I learned from having survived a semester that kind of sucked.

1. Ask for help

This semester was very academically challenging, and club Olin became my new home. I definitely learned a lot, but the classes were harder, and I found myself constantly emailing my professors questions about what we went over in class, essay topics, and project ideas. Don't be afraid to talk to your professors. They love answering your questions, and really make an effort to get to know you.

This past week, I sent one professor three emails in a row asking for help on my thesis, and she responded right away with comments and even asked if I needed help with the rest of the paper.

Even outside of academics, asking for help is key. I had to quickly learn to navigate being in charge of a newer organization because my friend and co-founder was abroad. I am more of a quiet leader, but I stepped up to the plate with the help of my amazing advisors Marissa and Micki in CLCE. Taking on any leadership position always brings new challenges, so ask questions. That's how you learn.

2. Plan ahead

Once the teacher hands us the syllabus, I immediately start writing down paper and project due dates in my planner. This way, if I have two papers due on the same day, I know I will need to work ahead on them to help me in the long run.

I did not have any final exams this semester, but I had four final papers due on Monday, one at 11am and one at noon. In order to preserve my sanity and try to maintain a balanced sleep cycle, I started these papers the week before finals. Although I spent a majority of the morning in club Olin, I turned all my papers in on time and managed to remain a functioning human being.

3. Know your limits

Freshmen year, I ran into the issue of wanting to go out with my friends on Thursday nights, and having an 8am on Fridays. I started not to do as well in the course and I was tired all the time. Luckily, I had no 8am classes this semester, but I definitely know when I am ready for a night out and when I need to sleep.

4. Know your support system

People change all the time, and this semester was one where I learned who my friends were. When the boy you like hooks up with another girl, or when he stops talking to you at all, it is good to know someone who will let you lay on their floor, rant, and offer you advice.

Yes, your mom is always a good option, but when you live out-of-state, having a support system on campus is SO important. Even for the little things like when you are just having a sub-par day for no reason, it is nice to have someone who will let you know that everything will be okay.

So cheers to a semester that taught me a lot, but also kind of sucked too.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.


In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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