What The Month Of April Means To College Students

What The Month Of April Means To College Students

Deadlines rapidly approaching! Take cover!

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April has arrived. How slow, but yet, how fast it has come.

For the spring semester, April is the dreaded month. April is the month that almost intimidates us or scares us out of actually finishing our educations and graduating.

April can mean a lot of things; Easter, the end of Lent, rain, springtime activities. If you are a college student, April means "end-of-semester chaos."

1. DEADLINES.

Remember that time when your professor said this giant research paper is due in April? Well, guess what month it is? Thought it was just January last week? Every college student's brain is THIS GIF right about now.

2. Money, where art thou?

April is a weird month for bank accounts. We are all struggling right now, whether we have a job or not. We have bills and responsibilities. April is weird because we are broke, but we are so close to May, which means BACK TO WORK!

3. Finals prep who?

We have lost all our motivation when this is the time we need it the most! Yes, believe it or not, finals are coming, and they are coming fast. Prepping is hard to do when we have hella things on our to-do lists anyway. Hang in there, friends. We are almost done!

4. SENIORS: Graduation, graduation, graduation!

This is my current situation right now. Besides the rest of the work I have to do, I have graduation on my mind. I'm crawling at this rate. Plus, the fees are endless; cap and gown, commencement, diploma, and more.

5. Last call for your FAFSA!

The FAFSA for 2019-2020 is due this month. Get to it if you have not done so already! Don't miss out on federal aid because college is stupid expensive.

6. Moving out? Same.

Even though you move out during finals week, it's important to make plans of moving your stuff out of your dorm for the summer super early. Make those plans sooner rather than later so you don't have to pack last minute. Bye!

7. Summer, WYA?

Summertime on my mind. It is super hard trying to think of the warmer days when you are stuck in your final moments of the semester. We are very close, I know.

8. Aside from the workload... lots of stuff to do on-campus.

April is the most popular month for on-campus events. Many clubs and organizations schedule their tables in April. I see it as a celebratory month, bringing in the student body before school lets out. Overwhelming at times.

9. STRESS 101.

Yup. Need I say more? You get the gist.

10. Fun. Memories. The like.

April is tough and hell-like, but it is also a very fun month. If you are coming back in the fall, you're closing in on your year with some memories. If you are a senior graduating in May, you're closing in on your college career, giving it a final bang.

Hang on, my friends. We are almost to that light at the end of the tunnel.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

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Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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