How College Students Protest Exhaustion: A Vicious Cycle

How College Students Protest Exhaustion: A Vicious Cycle

We have the power to change.

As I sit here and think about the homework assignments I have not done, the test that I have not studied for, and the essays I have not written, I can’t help but blame myself.

Just last night I had a solid two hours to do homework, plus another two hours of time where I would be half asleep but could still get something done. Instead, I watched Netflix and sat with my computer on my lap, maybe writing a total of one page for a paper over the course of three hours. Then this morning I realized I am my own worst enemy.

Yes, the idea of the exhausted college student is romanticized, and I agree that needs to stop because we are all exhausted. But half of the problem is us. And by that I most certainly mean me.

When did it become cool to not do the reading? When did it become cool to do all the homework at the end of the semester, or as close to the due date as we could? When did it become cool to submit papers quite literally minutes before the cut off? I think it happens somewhere between the first day of class and the end of freshman year. That is when college students realize that everyone else waits, everyone else procrastinates, so they may as well too.

Granted, there will always be that week or two in the semester when everything is due and everything gets submitted barely on time because it is barely done because it was all just too much. But what about the other 12 weeks? Why did we stop caring about the other 12 weeks when we could get everything in on time and we could read for class and do the homework?

I think a part of the reason is that we, as college students, have accepted being exhausted. We think that being in college means never sleeping, and barely getting the homework in on time. So that is what we do. It’s a vicious cycle.

Everyone nowadays complains about stereotypes and how much that can hurt because they are never entirely accurate. But what about the stereotype of the exhausted college student that everyone seems to want to fit into? This needs to end as well.

Even if it is my senior year in college, I intend to make a change. As ingrained as habits can be, and as much as we all deserve a night to watch Netflix for hours, I think it is more than plausible to find the time to get all of the schoolwork that needs done completed on time, and done well.

Because quite honestly I deserve that, and so does every college student. Every student deserves to get the most out of their education, they deserve to learn something, and enjoy learning it without being exhausted the entire time.
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To The Students Feeling Sick and Stressed

Feeling sick is not fun, but Jesus is with you the whole way through.


It's that time of year again. You know, the time when everyone around you is getting sick? What a fun time...

Something I have learned while being a college student is getting sick is literally one of the worse things to ever happen to you, especially during a test week or finals week. Like your body doesn't want to do anything but rest, but you have 35 things to do by the end of the week.

About a couple of weeks ago, I woke up with the worst headache and my nose was running like a river. I thought "oh it's just a cold, it will be gone by tomorrow." Welp, the next day, woke up even worse than the day before. Great... So, I did the only thing I thought I could do, which was going to the doctor. I went to the doctor, and they told me I had a severe sinus infection.

Well, something I have learned about sinus infections over the days that I was sick is that there isn't really one correct way to treat a sinus infection. It's different for everyone. You kind of have to figure out what works for you and that might be different treatment for someone else.

However, even when you feel at your lowest or weakest moment, you are not alone in this. Even when I was sick, my friends and classmates still showed me so much kindness by bringing me soup/hot chocolate/medicine/etc. And by the time I started feeling better, some of my other friends started feeling sick too.

Satan will try to put up blocks in the road to tear us down, but Jesus reminds us of His kindness and the kindness of others, that we are not alone in this.

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30

Praying for each of you that reads this. Hope that you can fight whatever battle or obstacle is standing in front of you right now, and that you will remember you are not alone in this fight. Jesus came to save you and loves you. Remember His kindness and goodness even when the darkness seems to be around you.

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