Loreal Robertson was born and raised in Chicago, IL but currently resides in South Texas. She is a graduate of both the University of Arkansas and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and works in the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs.
As the weather gets warmer, it gets harder and harder for students to remain focused. After the highs of spring break have sadly settled, students begin “going through the motions” and productivity decreases significantly. For those students who will be graduating senioritis has kicked in, in a major way. They know the exact hour, minute and second they have before walking across the stage. For some, these remaining weeks will be the last time they step into a formal classroom setting. For others, bittersweet as they are reminded that this process will soon repeat itself in the coming months or even weeks, for those registered for summer classes.
So how do students stay motivated to push through the final weeks of the semester? Hopefully the information provided, can give you the boost you need to end as strong as you began.
There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Cliché as the statement sounds, it is true. Upon entering college you had goals, with the ultimate goal being to graduate. Sure these goals may have shifted along the way but you still had an end result in mind. Instead of thinking about how much time you have left to completing the goal, think of all the little goals you have accomplished along the away. Celebrate these accomplishments, whether big or small. Reflect on where you were just a year ago and think about how far you are now.
Keep calm; be well.
Your physical and mental health is extremely important, especially during times of stress. By this time in the semester, you are physically fatigued and mentally drained. Practice good study habits and remember you retain more information when you take breaks in between. Since the weather is nicer, take some time to engage in outdoor activities. Whether you go for a jog, play a sport or read a book, getting some fresh air can help you past the time, make you feel good and keep you energized. It is also important that you eat well. Be sure to drink plenty of water and try to avoid late night snacking during those late study sessions. If you must snack, choose healthier options such as fruits, vegetables and nuts. These things will keep your brain stimulated and you will be less burned out by the end of semester.
It is important that you keep your spirits uplifted. No one can do that, better than you. This end of the year anxiety is only temporary and will go away as quickly as summer will arrive. Be a cheerleader for yourself and others. Remind yourself daily of your goals, write them down and keep them in a place where you can see them often. Replace negative statements and thoughts with positive ones and surround yourself only by people who will do the same.
Whether you’re graduating, starting a new job, have an exciting trip planned or just happy to be done with classes, the idea is that you have something to look forward to, and that is pure motivation in itself.