Hang On During The Last Few Weeks Of The Semester!
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Hang On During The Last Few Weeks Of The Semester!

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it's the worst time of the semester.

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Hang On During The Last Few Weeks Of The Semester!

I get it. I'm currently drowning in work, from exams to papers to speeches and presentations. I'm lucky if I even have a second to sit down and process my thoughts, and I rarely do. If I do have free time, I always think of something I could be getting a head start on or something I should be studying for. Any college student can relate to this: It's the most wonderful time of the year, but the worst time of the semester.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching with Christmas following not too far behind it. Here at Penn State, our break starts in about a week. And while I long for this break, an actual break where I don't have to plan my days hour-by-hour, I also dread it. If you think about it, we only have two weeks after Thanksgiving break before finals week. This isn't a lot of time to get our grades where we want them to be or to start adequately preparing for final exams. Time is flying by before our eyes, and there isn't a single thing we can do to stop it! Yes, I am stressed, and I'm sure a lot of you are as well.

Don't let crunch time get the best of you.

Force yourself to do something that makes you happy, and give yourself a window of time to relax. Don't convince yourself you don't have time to relax because you most likely do, even if it's just for 5 minutes. Constantly working without any breaks is not good for the mind or body.

Listen to your favorite music while you work or study, watch a movie or show on Netflix before going to bed, read a book to clear your mind. Do something you genuinely enjoy because it will greatly benefit you when it's time to put in hours of work. It'll also give you something to look forward to!

Don't let the stress win. I know it's way easier said than done because I've had my fair share of almost breakdowns over work too. Practice breathing exercises. It may sound silly, but they actually help. They also help when it comes to sleeping!

As far as sleeping goes, take naps if you can, but don't sleep too much. Getting inadequate sleep is not good for you, but getting a little too much sleep can be equally as bad.

Just trust yourself. Take a deep breath. We're all going through it right now. Trust me, I know. Use the upcoming breaks as motivation! Soon enough you'll be eating turkey with your family, and then exchanging gifts as it snows a couple of weeks after that! You got this!

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