A Motivational Letter To A Very Unmotivated Mid-Semester Me

A Motivational Letter To A Very Unmotivated Mid-Semester Me

In the words of Frank Ocean, we feel "sluggish, lazy, stupid and unconcerned."
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Dear Mid-Semester Me,

We are tired and unmotivated. It doesn't help that Spring Break ending just added to that mindset. Anyway, we're back and in the final haul for the second semester.

But we're not there yet.

It takes an ocean of coffee and a mountain of motivation to drag our butt out of bed and up the Quad to class. It takes every ounce of energy to focus and study for our classes. Heck, even going out on the weekends feels like a chore these days. Some nights, when we're out of meal punches and have no food, we'll just have a granola bar for dinner. In the words of Frank Ocean, we feel "sluggish, lazy, stupid and unconcerned."

All we really want to do these days is sit on the sofa in our comfiest sweatpants with a pint of Ben & Jerry's Phish Food and watch HGTV all day long. The weather is cold and windy and makes you just want to sit inside instead of going out to class, to see friends or even to go party. Morale is really at an all-time low.

But we can do it.

Wanna know how I know?

Because you've been in this position before and you have made it through alive.

I've seen us push through some really tough situations so I know you can get through this rough patch. Think about our dreams and aspirations and goals. Think about how far you've already come! We've made it through six semesters in college already! We only have two and a half left. Just keep pushing through.

Remember last year when we felt this way? We cried, lost sleep, skipped classes to study for other classes, put on a heavy load, thinking we could do it without a second thought. It was difficult. But we did it.

Remember freshman year when we had a breakdown? We thought that it was the end of the line for us. But we still pulled through.

But we didn't do it by ourselves. We had the support of our friends and family the entire time. This is a reminder that it is okay to turn to them when you need a shoulder, a hug or just some words of motivation! They want to see us succeed more than anyone else and they will be there for us just like we're there for them when they need us.

So while it seems like we're stuck in a rut now, just remember how far we've come and how much we've grown. We still have many more miles to go and a lot more growing to do! So let's shake off the bad vibes and get back into the swing of things! We have our whole life to look forward to so why let something hold you back?

Go get 'em, girl.

Love,

Me

Cover Image Credit: Madelene Whitfield

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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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