For many of us, this time of the year is crunch time: we're losing motivation, but we have to push through in order to survive. We've been working hard for the entire semester (or maybe even the whole year, if you're that ambitious), but we're starting to burn out.
Personally, my burn-out period has been defined by binge-watching television to avoid accomplishing any actual assignments. Although this may seem unproductive to the naked eye, it actually has encouraged me to push through my difficulties and persevere. Sometimes you need a fresh perspective, and watching the lives of my favorite female characters continues to motivate me. There are plenty of quotes that are particularly influential, but a select few from these incredible women really speak to me.
1. Jane Gloriana Villanueva, Jane the Virgin
To teach you that when you're overwhelmed, sometimes all you have to do is just breathe through it.
2. Sheila Jackson, Shameless (US)
As a reminder that it's okay to mess up, as long as you learn from it.
3. April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation
When I don't know how to study for a test, this teaches me the tools that I need.
4. Rebecca Bunch, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Making sure you know that you have a support system you can turn to when it gets too hard.
5. Marisol Gonzales, Orange is the New Black
Just a reminder to be humble in all of your accomplishments.
6. Robin Scherbatsky, How I Met Your Mother
Showing the importance of honesty with all people in life.
7. Topanga Lawrence, Boy Meets World
Always illustrating the true meaning of love, even if my personal love life is practically nonexistent during finals week.
8. Cece Parikh, New Girl
Encouraging you to push through all of the struggles this time of the year may bring.
9. Liz Lemon, 30 Rock
To show that it's okay to spend a night studying for an exam instead of going out.
10. Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Although I do think that smiling during a math exam might make people think you're a little strange.
11. Cristina Yang, Grey's Anatomy
To remind me that I'm worth more than my eye bags right now.
12. Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model
This may seem generic, but we all know it means so much more coming from Tyra Banks.
13. Kate Pearson, This is Us
Serving as motivation to improve, because who says you can't raise that 68 to a 94?
14. Carla Espinosa, Scrubs
Whether that's your friend, a potential love interest, or your professor after your fifth time going to office hours.
15. Phoebe Buffay, Friends
I know it's hard to not hate the pressure, the stress, and school in general, but try to keep a positive mindset.
16. Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey Network
Anything Oprah says is truth, so use this her wisdom as your main source of motivation.
17. Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project
You are stronger than you think you are.
You will make it through this difficult time, and you will be better for it. Tyra Banks said so.