What Stressed Out College Students Need To Hear

What Stressed Out College Students Need To Hear

You will succeed, but your to-do list will not finish itself.

It's official. The first day of autumn has come, and summer is long gone. It may feel like your freedom is officially gone while staring at your endless to-do list that seems to only ever get longer, but try not to stress. College is suppose to be the best four years of our lives, right? But it is hard to enjoy something when you are stuck in your room studying, writing papers, and calculating assignments all day long. College is about finding a balance between classes, homework, clubs, and trying to have a social life.

You're not alone

It can seem like everyone has their whole lives planned out from this moment on, but the truth is that no one knows how their life will really pan out. Instead of comparing how successful and organized that person is that sits in front of you in class is, focus on what your next step is. Don't try to figure out your whole life, just try to focus on what you're doing tonight.

It is okay to take a break and have fun

Yes, it is perfectly okay to leave the library to grab dinner with your friends, or watch an episode of Netflix before finishing a big essay. Take a break every single day to do something for yourself, instead of stressing over every little thing. Balancing your schedule out can be hard, and some weeks you will spend more time staring at your laptop screen, but eventually you will see the end of the to-do list.

You are important, and so is your health

We all know that pulling an all-nighter is bad for our health, but if staying up all night to cram for a test is the only way to succeed, it might be worth it. Be sure to remember to eat healthy, get plenty of sleep the next night, and take care of your mental health as well. Your body will thank you later.

Give it your best, but it may not be perfect

Failing one exam does not make you a failure. One bad grade will not ruin your entire GPA, so don't let it ruin your whole week. Many straight A students in high school are shocked to find out that college is a lot more demanding. As long as you put effort into everything you do, you can never completely fail knowing that you tried your best.

You will be successful

Take a step back from staring at your endless to-do list and think about the future. After you graduate, get an amazing job, and start becoming the real adult you dream to be, you will thank yourself for all of the hard work you put into (almost) every assignment. In a few years, you will be able to reap the benefits from all of the hard work you are doing right now.

So take a break from homework sometime soon and enjoy the crisp fall weather that is on its way. Classes can seem tough and the to-do list won't finish itself, but everyone knows that you can do this. Your future self will thank you for all of the time you are investing in your career.

To all of my friends struggling in school right now, I believe in you.

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The 5 Stages Of Your Next Group Project

Welcome to the jungle.

Ah yes, group projects, the student's version of living hell. While some professors may believe they are saving you and your grade by thrusting an arts and crafts horror onto you and three other unwilling participants. In reality, all a group project does it test the patience you don't have and give you even less faith in humanity than you already had. So below I've illustrated what I believe is the cycle of hell also known as the stages of a group project. Enjoy!

Stage 1: Denial

AKA false hope. This is fine. This won't be too bad. Our group is gonna rock. These are all thoughts your brain is feeding you so you don't have a complete meltdown... yet. The very fact that you have to convince a full group of other people to care about this project and your grade as much as you do, is something you just stick in the back of your mind. You are super convinced that everything is all good, there won't be any problems arising later. You have successfully convinced yourself that this won't be a complete sh*tshow and that y'all will bond over project notes and Applebees. Uh, yeah, OK, let's go with that.

Stage 2: Epiphany

And suddenly it hits you at 3:00 am in the morning, you're gonna be the one to do all of the work because you're the only one in the group who cares enough. You cannot hide it, so you try to bargain with yourself, like hey maybe it won't be so bad. You can do it, you're a capable person, you just gotta organized. Just gotta do ten questions as well as a presentation, create a speech, submit a thesis and an essay... Uh huh.

Stage 3: Acceptance

This is a complete sh*t show, it sucks. But the project is due in two days and you've run out of sh*ts to give. People (especially those in your group) are the sh**tiest you mentally tell yourself as the deadline approaches. You're just scrambling to get all the pieces together, remember C's get degrees but B's are better!

Stage 4: Panic

Oh crap, the project is due in 24 hours, and it sucks because you had to do it all yourself. You're running on 4 hours of sleep (one and a half of those hours were spent crying), and a mixture of coffee, espresso, mountain dew, Redbull, and a tiny bit of vodka. Your bedroom floor is covered in papers and the library staff is slightly concerned for your well-being. Get it done, has become your mantra. Don't worry you're almost done. Three hours to go!

Stage 5: Presentation

F*ck it all. It's the day of the presentation. You present it (like you need any freaking practice) without even looking at the screen while your group shuffles their feet as they read off the projector. As the ending credits roll, it's all dedicated to you and all the work you did. The professor laughs, your teammates' jaws drop and you walk out the room with your middle finger raised at them all. Well done, you did it.

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10 Midterm Tips From A Senior Who's Been There Plenty Of Times Before

Let's make this the easiest midterm season yet.

It feels like the semester just began, and already, midterms are on the horizon. Good chance, you're in that week where you know it wouldn't be a bad idea to get started on your studying, but could also delay it a few more days if you're so dreading it. Well, as a second semester senior, I've had seven semesters-worth of exams under my belt, and have pretty much gotten the whole studying thing down to a routine. Here are some tips that I've found to be helpful, and hopefully will serve you well, too:

1. Make a schedule

Especially when you have multiple exams back to back, scheduling yourself is a must. By allocating X amount of time to each subject over a few days, you'll feel calmer and more organized as you go into your exam prep.

2. Get that reading done

I may have been able to get away with skimming reading in high school, but that hasn't been the case in college. The worst is putting off a ton of reading until the last minute, so trust me, just get it over with. Waiting won't make it any less tedious.

3. Read over your notes in advance

By doing so, you get the terminology and topics in your head before you even get to the meat of studying.

4. Highlight, highlight, highlight

Highlighting both your textbooks and your notes will make what’s important stand out, making reviewing them much less daunting.

5. Get enough sleep

You’ve heard it a million times, but yes, getting a good night’s sleep will help your brain work at optimal capacity and decrease your chances of being THAT person with the sniffles during your exam.

6. Go to those extra help sessions

Even if they’re out of the way, you have nothing to lose. And definitely go to them with questions prepared.

7. Memorize the main points

For those information-heavy classes, trying to memorize every last detail can be overwhelming. So, just get the main ideas down pat, and then you can try to remember other notes that fall under the main idea umbrellas.

8. Eat brain food

That means things like fish, leafy greens and whole grains.

9. Take breaks when you need

When you hit a mental roadblock, give yourself a rest! Your brain needs a breather from all the hard studying you’re doing.

10. Quiz yourself

It’s the best way to test yourself without needing to bother a friend. All you have to do is cover up the answer to a question, or the definition of a term, and recite what you know.

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