Staying Motivated During Finals

Staying Motivated Isn't Always Easy, But Trust Me, It's Worth It

For when the struggle never seems to end.


Throughout school, I find it extremely difficult to stay motivated. The work becomes too difficult for me to even begin and I feel discouraged by my failures. I want to succeed, but the difficulties in front of me sometimes seem too big to overcome. Even during finals, I find it difficult to actually study. However, I eventually manage to get back on track and do my best to achieve my goals. Here are some of the ways I stay motivated.

The first thing I do is leave my house to study. Being in your house can make you feel too comfortable and distracted. I feel that going to a coffee shop or a library can help motivate you, especially if there are others studying. Seeing others be productive makes you want to be productive, too.

I also remind myself of my end goal. I personally want to be a psychiatrist and go to medical school and in order to do that, I have to do well in school now. The more I remind myself of my end goal, the more motivated I feel.

Additionally, it helps if you give yourself rewards for studying a certain amount. For instance, "If I finish this paragraph, I can go on my phone for five minutes." Even thinking of punishments for not doing your work can be helpful. For example, if you don't finish the paragraph in 20 minutes, you can't go on your phone for another hour. I find these types of punishments to be extremely effective.

Lastly, stating the things you are grateful for is very motivating. Personally, I remind myself how lucky I am to even get an education because so many girls around the world are denied one. Since I have this opportunity I should use it to the best of my abilities and succeed in life.

Motivation can be a difficult thing to find, but when you do, you can achieve anything you truly want to.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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