The Pep Talk You Need To Get Through The Rest Of The Semester

The Pep Talk You Need To Get Through The Rest Of The Semester

Finals are here and we need to start studying.
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The last weeks of school are finally here and quickly approaching. We need to finish strong. For some of you, this might be your last semester. Others might only have one semester left. Some might have just completed their first semester of college ever!

Then there's the rest like me, who are somewhere else along the line. Regardless of where you are, you need to finish this semester strong and I am here to give you that encouragement.

There's a bunch of things you might have to do: papers, studying, projects. Take a little time out of each day and do it so it doesn't pile up and, before you know it, there will be only a couple finals left! If you need help, go to your professor's office hours and don't be afraid to ask for it; it's never too late.

Especially if you haven't been doing as good as you wanted to, this is the time to ask questions and get the help you should have been getting all semester long.

Take responsibility for yourself.

One of the things I always, always, always do is hand in my work on time. I have a lot of work to do within the next week and I would rather hand it in on time and take time out of my days to make sure it's handed in on time instead of handing in something bad and late.

This is all about time management.

Time is to your advantage right now, so do everything you can before it is too late. It's only a few more weeks, then we're done. Then you'll have your freedom and can binge watch Netflix all you want, stay up late playing video games, and do whatever you feel you want to do.

Until then, you must stay focused and you must do well, finishing strong. Your professor will remember if you get your act together, you'll get those participation points.

This is a pep talk for me just as much as for any of you. We need to get the work done, put in the time and effort, and then finally school will be over!

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1. Leaving your room 5 minutes before class...and still being on time

2. Guaranteed to get at least one "hey" every time you walk somewhere

3. Actually knowing the people who follow you on Instagram, Facebook friends, or dare I say...Tinder

4. Making friends outside of your major is more common than not

5. You also know every single person in your major

6. Going through a super awkward and aggressive orientation program as a freshman and using that as a strong common bond with a (then) complete stranger

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

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