5 Tips For Staying Motivated For The Remainder Of The Semester

5 Tips For Staying Motivated For The Remainder Of The Semester

2. Don't Procrastinate Getting Your Schoolwork Done.
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So you have a month left of classes… and the thought of “summer, summer, summer,” revolves around your mind, exactly how it does in the beginning of High School Musical 2. Sometimes it is hard to remain focused on school, when the end of the semester is so close in sight. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated to get yourself through the remainder of the semester:

1. Write down the goals you want to achieve for the remainder of the semester, and leave it somewhere visible in your room.

I have mine written in expo marker on my mirror, and looking at this every morning at the start of my day helps to keep my mind on the right track. Most of my goals are fitness and academic related, but these goals can be anything you want to achieve before summer rolls around.

2. Don’t procrastinate doing your schoolwork; do your assignments as they are assigned to you.

If you are continuously putting off work and assignments, you’re going to ultimately wind up forgetting about them, and not turning them in. Doing them as they are assigned is not only productive and a good way to help provide you with more study time for the classes you struggle more in, but it also guarantees more free time later for fun activities, like going out with friends on the weekends.

3. Surround yourself with your more academically inclined friends and not the party friends.

We all have a group of friends that we call on to go to parties with- not that I am saying they aren’t academically inclined to do well, but the majority of what you do with them is go out. So instead of hanging out with them Monday through Thursday, go to the library where everyone else is focused on school, form a study group with people from your classes, or get a private room in the library and get all of your schoolwork done by yourself. This way, there are less excuses to not getting your work done.

4. Use some form of calendar for your study groups, last class sessions, and exam times.

Many people (myself included) use a form of calendar for themselves all semester long anyways. But I find that this time of year is the most pertinent to use the calendar. If you use Google Calendar, it’ll send alerts to your phone before an event. This is good to use to not forget all of the study groups or times that you need to dedicate for finals, as well as the time block that your finals occur during. It also may not be a bad idea to block off time on your calendar to do work for specific classes. If you see it on the calendar, you are less likely to put it off for a different time if you already scheduled yourself time to accomplish it.

5. Continue to eat well, give yourself mental time-outs, and use fitness as a source of stress reliever.

Because this time of year is so jam-packed with events, studying, and tests, it can be really stressful to get through. It is important to make sure you are eating proper meals- meal prep ahead of time so that you have no excuses to not eat. In between study sessions, take breaks and go for a walk, or do an activity for fifteen minutes that you like- read a book, listen to music, or color. These are stress-relieving activities. If you normally work out, this can also help reduce stress. The most important part is to remember to take time for yourself, it will make this time of year a lot less stressful on you physically and mentally.

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When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.

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The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!

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