How To Overcome The Mid-Semester Slump

How To Overcome The Mid-Semester Slump

It happens to the best of us.

Mid-Semester slump is when it’s around week seven of classes, the work starts picking up and your motivation is nowhere to be found. You start to feel like you don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done, which leads to stress and panic. The stress starts to make you shut down and avoid everything all together. You start to skip class more often, or are always late. You aren’t sleeping well, basically you are just in a slump.

I have compiled a list of 7 steps to get you through the rest of your semester.

1. Have some fun!

You’ve already procrastinated so why not do it a little more? Instead of throwing yourself in to your work, plan a girl’s day. Go get your nails done, go shopping, binge watch Disney channel movies. Do something that will relive your stress so you can get to work the next day.

2. Get some sleep

After your girl’s or guy’s day, get some rest. Your body and mind will thank you tomorrow. Continue to get a good nights rest every night, well, at least the weekdays. We all know the weekends are meant for sleeping in anyway.

3. Make a to-do list

Make your list from most important aka due yesterday to least important. Do this every week. You can thank me later.

4. Change up your routine

Maybe walk a different way to class or find a new spot to study. Who knows maybe you’ll make a new friend on your quest for change.

5.Go to class

Now, this may seem simple but for some people getting up for class is the ultimate struggle *raised hand emoji. Going to class will help you relive some of that stress and you will actually know what is going on and what work you need to do.

6.Try out something new

Join a new club, go to that workout class you have been eyeing, join an intermural sports team. I played volleyball in the fall and now I’m playing soccer in the spring with my some of my sorority sisters. It gave me the opportunity to get to know my sisters more and get my anger out at the same time.

7. If none of these work for you...

Drink lots of coffee and keep pushing yourself through the semester. I have faith in you!

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

SEE ALSO: I'm The Girl That Enjoyed High School

Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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Yes, I Failed Myself But I Learned So Much More Then I Would If I'd Succeeded

It's OK to fail and fall down, but it's the climb back to the top that you will remember.


Failure. A lack of success. Not succeeding in something you set out to do. Failure is one of the scariest things to go through in life. No one wants it, yet somehow, at one point in our lives, we all encounter it. We don't expect to fail, it just sneaks up on you out of nowhere and then BAM!

For me, my failure came at a young age... well my first encounter with failure.

And you might say, "You're only 19... how can you have already failed yourself?" But honestly, I failed myself on such a major level and no one can tell me otherwise. I set out to achieve greatness, to prove everyone wrong and more importantly to prove myself right. But tragically, I proved everyone right.

After my freshman year in college, I was so defeated. I went to accomplish my goals and I did not even come close to achieving them. Yes, I made so many friends and was so different than how I acted in high school. I became this social butterfly, which was totally different than the shy girl I was just six months earlier.

But no matter how many friends I made, my academic goals were not met.

The feeling of failing yourself cannot be compared to any other felling one might encounter within their lifetime. And it is that feeling that made me vow to never feel that shame ever again. I vowed to myself that I was going to change my 2018 year around one way or another.

With that being said, I started by organizing my life. I got a wall dry erase calendar and different color dry erase markers to organize every aspect of my life. On top of that calendar, I purchased a planner to write out in pencil what I had to do every day. I realized that being disorganized it the start of my problems. I would overwork myself by not scheduling me time or time for me to properly do homework which made me such a spaz.

Then I decided it was time to do something for myself. I set out to apply to become a writer for Odyssey. When my president contacted me saying that I was accepted into the community, I truly felt like this was going to help. I started writing pieces I was so proud about such as my article about my old best friend, my article about my dad that got over 5,000 views or the article about my town hero.

Me writing articles gave me an artistic outlet to put my thoughts on paper.

I decided it was time for me to go back to coaching cheer and choreographing for my mom and the other teams in our organization. With my sister being on a team, my sister-in-law and mom coaching, I thoroughly enjoyed spending more time than I normally would on the weekends. I found my passion again for cheerleading through my little girls who definitely gave me a run for my money. I was able to be creative and my creativity shined through my two teams at our showcase.

I lastly decided it was time to block out everyone's opinions and just worry on my own. Everyone has their own opinion and they are entitled to it. But it's when the opinions are non stop flowing into my life that makes me panic. I enjoy hearing from others, when it's appropriate or when I ask for the advice. But when its non-stop about how I'm living my life the wrong way, it makes my head do 360s.

This past year I learned that life is about living for yourself and proving yourself right. Although it took me failing myself... I'm glad I learned this important life lesson that everyone should learn once in their lifetime.

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