5 Ways To Stay Motivated Between Spring Break And Finals

5 Ways To Stay Motivated Through The Slump Between Spring Break And Finals

Planning a vacation or a trip somewhere close to your hometown for after finals gives you something to look forward to!

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Everyone knows what I'm talking about, the final couple of weeks between Spring Break and Finals week where there is SO much to do and just no motivation to do any of it. These couple of weeks can be the most challenging of the semester because time feels as if it passes so slowly. Because of this everyone thinks they have so much more time than they actually do, causing them to slack off or shirk their responsibilities. Here are five tips to stay motivated and productive through your final weeks of school.

1. Remember, you're almost done with the semester

At this point in the semester, depending on your school schedule, you've probably got around eight weeks of actual classes left. Those eight weeks will probably drag out to feel like eight months, but it's important to remember that you're almost there.

2. Plan a trip or activity for after finals!

Planning a vacation or a trip somewhere close to your hometown for after finals gives you something to look forward to! It's also the perfect way to unwind, destress, and prepare yourself for your summer responsibilities, whether they be summer classes, internships, working, or even relaxing on the beach with your family and friends (its always good to have a base tan).

3. Get your exam schedule organized

Prepare for the hectic next couple of weeks by organizing your final exam schedule ahead of time. By doing so you can set up a study schedule and check to make sure you don't have two finals at the same time. If your school is like mine you also are given the option to reschedule a final if you have three in a row. This is definitely an opportunity you want to take advantage of.

4. Review your syllabus

You don't want to be like me and find out your final is not cumulative after you spent a week studying everything from the semester. Though it was a nice surprise, I definitely would've been more comfortable with the material we learned in the second half of the semester if I had spent the time reviewing it rather than cramming information from the first couple weeks of classes.

5. Stay busy

Most importantly, stay busy. Time will go by soo much quicker if you stay occupied and focused on tasks at hand. Take up a hobby, join a club, start looking for a summer job, or maybe add another day at the gym to your weekly routine, one little thing could help keep you busy.

By staying motivating and just remembering that you're almost done with this semester, the next couple of weeks will just fly by.

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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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