As you are all aware of the semester is coming to an end and test, presentations and papers are starting to pile up. This means we are all starting to feel overwhelmed and stressed. I read an article the other day on Refinery that talked about how to deal with stress and I thought it would be relevant to give you some tips on how to feel less stressed during these last couple of weeks leading to finals…
Get Organized! First thing you want to do is make a written plan of everything that you have due for the next few weeks. Trust me writing things down makes everything look less overwhelming and makes it feel much more manageable.
Don’t Procrastinate! Don’t wait till the last minute to start things, because it only makes you feel more stressed about deadlines. You want to feel in control and on top of things!
Take a Break! It’s good to study for hours, but don’t overdo it! If you can’t memorize terms anymore, it probably means you need to take a break. Just a 10 minute break, can really make a difference in your studying abilities.
Sleep! Get a good night’s sleep. It’s going to help you tackle the next day much more easily. If you feel good and awake, you can do anything. You just have to find the motivation! Having your body and mind well rested will really have a positive impact on your work and grades.
Do yoga (lol). Go outside take some air, refresh your mind. It’s really important to go out, trust me staying inside all day can drive you crazy. You need to change scenery and move a little.
Once winter break hits, I know that all we want to do is sit around and watch endless hours of Friends, The Mindy Project, and Orange is the New Black. While these endless hours are much deserved, the second the spring semester rolls around, it only seems harder and harder to get back into the swing of things. Here are some of my tips that I’m going to follow this break so that I don’t fall into a slump:
Try to read 3 new books. With our winter break being exceptionally long (not complaining), there is enough time to pick up some of the best sellers of the season. Whether that means sitting in your local bookstore for a few hours every now and again or checking books out from your local library, it’ll feel good to keep your wheels turning.
Write down your goals. With all the high pressure of setting goals for the new year, you can easily say them outloud or think about them, but seeing your own goals in your handwriting makes all the difference. Set long terms goals, seasonal goals, and semester goals. Be realistic, but also push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Pursue a different subject. While this can easily be applied to #1, learn about subjects that you are interested in outside of your major. It is easy to get caught up in the craziness of school, but learning outside of your major can help you understand your relevant subject more easily or look at it from a different, newfound perspective.
You’ll be good to go once January rolls around! Happy winter break!
So the end of the semester is coming pretty quickly. I feel like it was just yesterday where I was writing about my goals for this semester, where I thought I would be and my expectations for my classes.
I must say I learned so much this semester and my life has changed so much in these past few months. My classes were all amazing the one class I highly recommend to anyone is Business Communications which is an English class taught by Professor Landman. THE MOST beneficial course I have taken at FIT. It taught me how to write memos, fix my resume, and how to handle the work place in a much more professional manner. Don’t get me wrong it had its fair share of work but I believe it was beyond worth it. I apply the things I learned to my everyday job, which is very hard to say about a lot of things you learn in High school, College ,ect
I also became an official licensed insurance producer in life, health, home and auto, all while being a full time employee and student ! ( I’m not going to lie it is something I am extremely proud of, because I never thought I would get through it). I also bought my very first car all on my own as well. ( Which you can see above ) Life is going great as of right now, I made it through the semester with what looks like good grades so far ,working full time and you will soon be with my on my journey through only online classes next semester.
How was your semester ? Any struggles? How about recommendations to classes you took?
The final weeks of the semester can be daunting, but there are common things that we have to do before we head home for the holidays! These sort of tasks may only take a few seconds but it’s crucial to make sure that you are good to go.
Return your textbooks. You may think that this is common knowledge, but there have been people who have flown home and forgotten that they didn’t return a book. Set a reminder in your phone and consider it the most rewarding post finals treat to yourself.
Check out of the dorms/apartment. If you are in the dorms, your RA will walk you through what you need to do to ensure that you are accounted for. If you are living in an apartment and going to be gone for the new year, make sure that you pay your rent early to avoid any crazy stress. If it’s automatically taken out of your account, you’re good to go.
Clean your dorm/apartment. Whether you’re going to be gone for 2 weeks or 6 weeks, your place can collect all types of nastiness, so scrub and mop to prolong the dust from collecting.
Clean out your fridge. This is self explanatory but let’s not return back to an apartment with an odor.
Pay your tuition. Tuition for next semester isn’t due until January 4th, but the sooner you turn it in, the sooner you can cross it off your to-do list.
Soak it all in. Another semester accomplished, another semester down. Congratulations! One step closer to graduation! Be proud of yourself!
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! Food & family, what’s better than that right!? As we all are beginning to regret our holiday indulgences, just remember that winter break is among us! As the year comes to an end, I’m challenging myself to stay healthy during this holiday season! Here are a few tips I’m finding helpful and hopefully will inspire you to join me as well!
1. WAKE UP and GO! – Waking up a little bit earlier than usual to get a head start on the day can really help you out! Mornings are perfect for a calm and relaxing jog or walk to wake up your muscles. You get your workout in and have plenty of time for getting all the busy holiday stuff done during the day!
2. Use yourself, not the gym! – Gyms can be intimidating if you are not used to working out on a daily basis, but to stay healthy high-tech, state-of-the-art machines aren’t necessary! Use your own bodyweight to work yourself out. Push-ups, crunches, squats, and jumping jacks here and there is all you need (or even try lifting leftover cans of cranberry sauce and gravy ☻)
3. Don’t deprive yourself from holiday meals! – With all of the tasty treats on the holiday table, it’s hard not to give in! You should never deprive yourself from enjoying your favorite holiday foods. Eat up, but limit yourself to one serving. Once you’re done, put the rest in a container and slide it in the fridge. You’ll be less likely to dig in for seconds when the food is already put away.