How to Survive the End of the Semester

I can taste summer already.

It’s that time of year again— the weather is warm, you have to dodge Frisbees while walking across the quad, everyone is talking about their plans for this summer, and the professors are reminding you of the papers/test /presentations due within the next three weeks. It’s the end of the semester, ladies, and how are you going to survive?

Calendar time!
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a hard time keeping assignments and due-dates straight, so make it easy on yourself (and it’s an excuse to break out those markers!) and make a calendar. Put everything on there (and I mean everything): due-dates, exam times, study-group meetings, whatever you think you need to know or remind yourself of so it doesn’t get lost in the mix.

Start Early
I know, I know, it’s only April and nothing is due until, like, May, but two ten-page research papers aren’t going to write themselves, especially if you have a presentation due the day after, and your first final the day after that. It’ll save you a lot of time and stress if you just bite the bullet and spend an hour or three in the library working on those papers now.

Stress Happens
Unless you are incredibly on top of things and positive that you’ll get a 4.0 this semester, stress will hit you sooner or later— it’s just a fact of life. Good ways to deal with this are taking a study break with your friends and banning anything school-work related: watch a movie, go out and get ice-cream, or get some coloring books and crayons and just color!

Stay Healthy
It may seem like your calendar is overflowing, but that doesn’t mean that you need to compromise your health. Getting enough sleep every night ensures that you will have energy throughout the day— and there is nothing worse than falling asleep in the middle of an exam because you were up all the night before!

Likewise, don’t stop exercising just because you have work to do. It seems like there is no possible way you could take an hour away from working in the library, but you can, and you will definitely notice the benefit— you’ll be energized and clear-headed, plus the endorphins will chase away any stress-induced blues!

Finally, keep eating healthily. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips from the convenience store to munch on in the library, get some carrots and celery or fruit from the dining hall— the fiber will keep you fuller longer, and the natural sugar will give you an energy boost, not to mention all of the great vitamins and minerals! 

Have Fun
Because honestly who wants to abandon their friends for the last three weeks before summer?


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One Response to How to Survive the End of the Semester

  1. Anonymous says:

    gracie- your articles are always so good. keep it up! love reading them!

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