By Cameron | September 28, 2012
So it’s the sixth week of the semester and it WOULD be half way through the quarter now. Upperclassmen would be planning for their second round of midterms and looking forward to winter break soon, but NOT on Semesters! It’s nearly a third of the way done, and the key to surviving this boring period is endurance, both physically and mentally.
I know from high school, even though I went to a high school on semesters, the workload wasn’t as big as college, and the classes were pretty varied. But in college, you may be looking through your syallabus with nothing but papers and lab reports to look forward to for the next 10 weeks. But don’t fret. Here’s some tips to endure for the long haul and survive until spring semester.
1. Vary it up and keep in touch
Don’t go day in and day out with the same pattern of eating, sleeping, studying, rinse, wash, and repeat. Mix it up and do something random once in a while. And while you’re at it, catch up with friends. Catch a movie with a friend or take someone you think is interesting out to dinner. Why not check out the frisbee golf course on west campus or play racquetball in the RPAC. Maybe a cota ride downtown or checking out a concert at newport or skullys. Variety is the spice of life and friends make the world go round. Your classes have time during the week, but make time for yourself and everyone else.
2. Breathe and relax
Take it easy, and stress will deal with itself. A wise man once said,
“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
That wise man was Van Wilder, a person that many of you maybe familiar with. Calm down and space out your worrying spells. It’s human and natural to get worked up about upcoming exams, and papers and life, but do something to settle down. Personally, Tai-chi is a great stress reliever and I actually sow sometimes to slow things down. You’re not going to make all your mistakes at once, so don’t worry too much about little things.
3. Take it one week at a time
And finally its best to just deal with life as it happens. Don’t look all the way down the road when you’re about to come to a stop sign. Espcially with semesters now, it’s really easy to get overwhelmed by looking at all the work the upcoming months have, and all the opportunities that you have, and to worry that you’re not getting involved, or too involved, or not enough time for classes or your job, but personally I just like to take it one week at a time. Starting Sunday, I look toward the next sunday, and figure out what I need to do to get through that week. If there’s not much else, then maybe 2 weeks if you’re feeling ambitious.
The College life isn’t an easy life, but figuring out how to make it for the long haul is important and will help once you graduate.
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