In a month we will be done with finals and headed back home. A MONTH!? Where did the time go? So much has happened this semester and even though I am ready for the work to be over, I am in no way ready to leave the city.
It’s that time of year when everyone is stressed with the amount of work they have to do.
If you ask someone in the house how they are doing, their common response is, “Busy.” Everyone is busy with papers and projects and we are all running around trying not to go insane. This semester is different in terms of work and finals since I have a lot of film classes, so I am doing a lot of editing and writing scripts.
Here are some tips I have for students, whether they are at MCPC or in Grantham, to help ease the near-end semester slump
1. Breathe. Remember that you are still breathing so life is still okay.
2. Post-Its. Seriously, post-its are how I stay organized. Write down what you need to do on Post-Its and stick them at your desk or somewhere where you will see them. Also, when you complete the task, cross it off. Nothing feels better.
3. Have a laugh break. Watch a 30 min comedy or just hang out with your funniest friends. Even your favorite YouTube video could do the trick. They say laughter is the best medicine.
4. Sign off of social media. Just log off. Don’t go on it until you are completely finished with that paper or reading. It’s distracting when you don’t need it. Don’t worry, I doubt you are getting tagged in pictures while you are studying.
5. Exercise. Run, bike, swim, walk, or whatever you do to exercise. You’ve probably been sitting all day while studying and that’s not good for you. Get up and do something and get those endorphins going.
6. Change your scenery. Sometimes I hate to study in my room, especially after I have been sitting in there for hours. Go to a coffee shop or if it’s nice, go outside and read or write. I find that the change of scenery energizes me and makes me relax and ready to do my work.
7. Pray. Spend some time with God. My good friend said something the other day that I found useful: “Don’t take time to “squeeze” Jesus into your life. Start with Him and let the rest fall where it may.”
I hope that these tiny tips help you in your stressful times. Remember to just stay positive and your work will be positive. I am sure that I will be taking time today to follow some of my own advice.