October 22, 2014
By: Danielle Meyer @DanielleMeyer17
Week 8 of the semester has come and gone, and there are still many weeks ahead of us until the finish line halfway through December. It’s no joke when people tweet #TheStruggleIsReal because I for one, agree. Trying to stay focused on classes and not lose side of your goals is in truth a struggle. However, I’ve found that a few things can help, and make the drudgery of school a little less miserable.
- Find your favorite place to study. Whether it’s at the Front Room, Court Street Coffee, or a quiet table on the 4th floor of Alden, find a place where you can really focus and get your work done. Distractions only make for a harder time, and you’ll only feel more stressed when you can’t get your work done because your surroundings are not a productive environment.
- Find a “study buddy”. Studying with a friend or someone who is in the same class as you could potentially help you get through a long night of hitting the books With a friend by your side you can help each other out by quizzing each other on flash cards and helping each other review notes.
- Remember why you’re here. It can be easy to get caught up in the extra aspects of school, and this can either lead to further procrastination and or just added stress. There will always be other stress with clubs, roommates and relationships, but in the words of my mom, “you’re here to get a degree.” Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to remind yourself of that, and you won’t feel as stressed if you get your work done first.
- Reward yourself. With all that being said, don’t forget that sometimes you might just need a break. If you spent all night studying in Alden, go ahead and take a nap the next day. If you found out that you aced an exam, don’t be afraid to go out for a night with your friends. College is all about balance, and too much of one thing is never good. You can be the most productive and successful version of yourself if you keep a balance between working hard and playing hard.
Finals week is not something to feel dread and anxiety over (although most of us undoubtedly will). During these last few weeks of the semester, remember to just take one day at a time and enjoy every minute of it. This is what college is all about, and it’s important to remember to embrace it, even at 4 a.m. in Alden Library.