How to Stay Motivated During The End of The Semester

8 Strategies To Stay Motivated Through The Last Weeks Of The Semester

Stay focused and end on a high note.

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It's almost the end of spring semester, which means that summer vacation is almost here! The end of the semester not only means stress for some students to study for finals, but it can also mean losing motivation to complete assignments. Any student in college will tell you that they lose almost all motivation by the beginning of April. For some, it's even sooner than April. However, instead of falling victim to procrastination or giving up, there are ways that you can stay motivated at the end of the semester.

Here are eight strategies to use to stay motivated for a strong finish to the semester!

1. Get organized

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Staying organized is a good way to keep track of any important assignments or projects that need to be done. It's also a good way to keep reminding yourself all of the things that need to be done. But the best way to keep yourself motivated during the end of the semester is to write in your planner or calendar everything left that needs to be done. You can then start working on completing everything early so that you can get done with studying or final assignments.

2. Make short-term goals

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Focus on creating goals for yourself, specifically short-term goals. Ask yourself what assignments you would like to get done by the end of the week. Then create a list of how you will accomplish your goals and set aside time to work on completing them.

3. Exercise

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The end of the semester can cause a lot of stress for students. And stress can also cause you to lose more motivation to finish the semester. One way to combat this is by exercising, which has been proven in various studies to combat stress. You should spend at least 30 minutes a day exercising, whether it's through taking a quick walk or heading to the gym.

4. Break big tasks into smaller ones

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Another great way to keep yourself motivated is to try breaking bigger tasks or assignments into smaller pieces. If you have a huge project that you're dreading or an 11-page paper, try breaking it up into more manageable parts. For example, instead of writing the paper at the last minute, try working on two or three pages every day during the week until you've finished. I've done this myself, and it's always worked to keep me motivated at the end of the semester!

5. Reward yourself

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Another way to make sure that you're feeling more motivated by the end of the semester is to give yourself a reward whenever you finish studying, projects, assignments, or papers. You can reward yourself by doing whatever you enjoy, such as going to a movie or spending time with friends or family members.

6. Brainstorm a summer bucket list

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Another way to motivate yourself by the end of the semester is to create a summer bucket list! Writing things that you look forward to doing during the summer will keep you focused on finishing the semester and will also get you more excited for summer vacation! It will also help you plan what to do during the summer once you've finished the semester.

7. Plan ahead

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Try focusing on getting assignments done earlier rather than later. The more you get done sooner, the sooner you can start getting ready for summer! So instead of procrastinating, find ways to finish all projects and assignments before the last minute.

8. Make time for yourself

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Give yourself time to do the things that you enjoy! If you find yourself working too hard on assignments or projects, make time for yourself. You can take 15 to 30 minutes in the day to watch Netflix, start a new TV show, read, or spend time socializing with friends or family members! Try to make time for yourself whenever you can so that you're less likely to lose motivation to finish the semester.

Instead of letting yourself get checked out by the end of the semester, try following these strategies so that you can finish the semester and pass all of your classes! It can be hard to stay motivated, especially if you're a senior and this is your last semester. It can also be hard when summer break is so close and the last thing you may feel like doing is studying for another exam. However, if you can keep your motivation up during the end of the semester, you make sure that all that hard work during the semester will pay off!

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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