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The second semester of college can often feel like the home stretch before a long summer break. For some, this can be a stressful time of the year for various reasons. For others, especially seniors, it’s the time of the year that they just can’t wait to be done with.
Here are some tips to combat second semester struggles:
1. Dress For The Weather
Second semester starts in the middle of winter when the majority of the country is usually experiencing some pretty inclement weather. A lot of places get snow, some more than others, but temperatures drop everywhere and bad weather is common. Especially if you go to school further North, be prepared! There is nothing worse than walking to school the morning after a blizzard without boots! And I’m not sure if there is anything colder than a winter morning, so bring a warm jacket with you at the minimum (unless you like your morning coffee with a dash of hypothermia). Eventually the weather will warm up, so do bring a good balance of both winter and summer clothes with you to school.
2. Prepare For A New Routine
Chances are you do not have the same schedule you had last semester and you got used to sleeping in over winter break. Just keep in mind that you will have to make some adjustments. You may have to change your meal times, your study times, and even your social life. The sooner you figure out your new routine, the sooner you will feel at ease.
3. Battling Senioritis
It’s not officially Senioritis unless you’re a senior, but anybody can feel symptoms of Senioritis during the last semester. Senioritis distracts you from staying focused at school with thoughts of your summer and how awesome it’s going to be. The last thing you’ll want to do is homework. I find the best way to treat this debilitating affliction is to just keep to your routine to stay focused. If you can get a solid study group together that’s even better; just as long as socializing doesn’t get in the way of your work. Just stay focused and remember it will pay off in the end!
The second semester can seem to drag on and be tedious, but don’t slack off just yet! Hang in there and enjoy the last semester of the year!
At the beginning of every year, most people spend time thinking about what they want to change in the new year. After reading several articles and reflecting on what has worked for me this year, I’ve put together a list of five things I think people (including myself) should start doing this year if they aren’t doing it already.
Why not make this year the best one yet? Start doing these things in 2016:
1. Grow Your Savings
As college students, we’re all aware of the struggle of handling our money. Some people are just better at it than others, I am not one of them. Last year I decided that instead of managing my savings account and depositing whenever I wanted, that I would setup automatic deposits. This has been life-changing for me. I never noticed the money gone, and it’s already added up greatly. For every paycheck, it automatically deposited $20. I also have saved any tip money I received at the end of the month from my job.
2. Find Your Relaxation
I feel like this world becomes more and more stressful each year, and each year I feel less equipped to handle it. I’ve been researching many different solutions and I think I’ve found a remedy for me. Over the past two months I have replaced soda with hot tea, which was mainly for weight loss reasons, but it has helped my emotional health tremendously. The most important thing to remember is that relaxation looks different for everyone. My relaxation is making myself a cup of tea, and either sitting in my yard, or rocking in the chair on my porch. Learn what calms you down and leaves you feeling happy, then remember to practice this often to reduce stress and increase your inner peace.
3. Read More
This is actually a goal of mine for 2016. I have read more this past year and picked up a book or two every now and then, but it’s my goal to read one book each month for this year. I remember how much I used to love reading, and how calming it was. I want to get back to that instead of filling my nights with Netflix. Reading is found to help in so many areas of your life including stress, happiness, creativity, and even your grammar! Visit www.bookrenter.com for some reading inspiration!
For most of us, our schedules can be almost maxed out to the limit. Adding another thing to it can seem impossible. Even still, I’ve decided for this next year that I’m going to overcome the impossible and set some time aside to volunteer at the local children’s center. I’m passionate about children, so it’ll be a great fit. Find what inspires you and you will see that it will seem less like a “chore” and more like another fun thing to do. If you really can’t give your time, get creative to think of how you can give back. A few weeks ago my friend and I had a “purse stuffing” party to stuff unwanted backpacks and purses full of everyday essentials to hand out to any homeless people we cross paths with. Imagine if everyone gave back just a little bit? It would make things just a little bit nicer, don’t you think?
5. Let Go Of The Negative
After a pretty rough year for me, it will be great to mentally refresh. If you’ve had a rough year too, or had a few bad instances, let go of any negative feelings and leave it behind in 2015. Make a decision to be positive going forward. This could even apply to negative situations you may find yourself in or people you hang out with – if you want to improve your situation, think of removing yourself from these scenarios. Use goals and daily motivational quotes to get you started, then it’ll become a routine. The past is the past for a reason, so get past it and look positively toward your future.
These five things are things that I’ve been working on for myself, and will continue to do in 2016. With how busy and stressful life can be, I think the most important thing to remember is to relax. Enjoy life and don’t worry about the small stuff!
Happy New Year! What change will you be making for 2016?
Leave a comment and let us know!
This is my fifth winter break from college, and I’m prepared to make the most out of it. When I first started college, I didn’t value the break as much as I do now as a senior coming off of an 18 hour day semester. The main thing to remember is that this is your break, so do some things for you!
Here are a few suggestions for how you can make the most out of your winter break:
1. Spend Time With Family
I know this isn’t applicable to everyone because we don’t all live close to our family, but now that I’ve moved back to Texas, I’ve realized how important it truly is to spend as much time as possible with them. Life is incredibly short and semesters are incredibly long, so take some time to get some quality time in.
2. Have Some Alone Time
As important as it is to spend time with the people you love, I’m a big believer in spending time alone too. I frequently have “me” dates at the movies, or at a good dinner. Being alone to be peaceful with your thoughts and to do something you enjoy can be very calming (which we all can need at the end of a semester). This gives you time to regroup, recoup, and relax.
3. Do Some Reading
This has turned into a tradition of mine, and one that I cherish. Every year before winter break begins, I pick one novel that I’m going to read. I’m not a huge reader, so I set my goal realistically with just one book. It’s a great way to keep your brain active, and a great way to make sure you aren’t glued to the TV all break. This year my novel is Animal Farm (for the third time). This also allows me to remember the entertainment in reading, and not to just think of reading as “studying” or homework.
During the last four of my winter breaks, I have always gone and worked at the homeless shelter for a few days. This year, I will be working a lot so I figured out another way to give back to the community. I collected unwanted purses and backpacks from friends and family and filled them with essentials (toothbrush/paste, deodorant, snacks, etc.). I now keep them in my car to hand out to any homeless people I may see over the break!
These suggestions are just a few things that I like to do during my break. But, like I said, this is YOUR break. You have to figure out what you can do to make the most out of it because before you know it, we’ll be back in class.
What are you doing this winter break? Share with us in a comment below!