If you’ve spoken to me at any point in the last three months, I’ve definitely yelled in your face how many days are left until my last final exam EVER (44 days in case you were wondering). I’m excited and nervous and and tired, but I’m also starting to lose motivation, which is crazy considering what December 14th means to me.
I know it’s important, now more than ever, to stay on top of assignments and projects and exams. All I do is practically lecture the people in my group projects how crucial it is that I get a good grade, because “this is my last semester, and I need literally every credit I’m taking right now to graduate and I refuse to spend another second in school.”
It’s amazing someone hasn’t punched me yet.
OKAY ANYWAYS. Here’s some tips that I keep reminding myself to follow to make the next 45 days of of the semester as painless as possible!
- FOR ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY, DO NOT SKIP CLASS || I’m proud to say that I can count on one hand how many classes I’ve skipped this semester, which is great. But now I’m starting to feel more tired during the day and want to just go home after one or two classes and take a nap. Willpower friends, use every last bit of willpower you have.
- Change your environment || When I’m at home, I hardly do any homework (unless it’s 11:00 pm and I all of a sudden remember I have a random assignment due in 59 minutes lol). I often will either stay on campus (if possible) and go to the computer lab or library and work on assignments. I feel like I’m more likely to get distracted at home, but school keeps me focused enough to check a few things off my to-do list. That brings me to my next point.
- Track everything in an agenda || My Lilly Pulitzer agenda has been my savior this semester. Maybe it’s the pineapple print, but I genuinely make it a point to take it out of my purse every few hours to make sure I’ve been keeping it updated with things I need to do for school , work, and general life stuff. And to make sure I’m not forgetting anything, I check it off after I’ve finished to ensure I won’t panic later. Staying organized is 50% of what’s keeping me sane right now.
- Treat yourself || Don’t be like me and buy yourself an Apple Watch just because you survived another week of school (seriously, why do I do this to myself?!) but make sure you do something just for yourself, not because it’s on the agenda for the list of things that need to get done.
- Take care of your health || Avoid all nighters, you really do need that eight hours of sleep. Do not replace your diet with caffeine based things, coffee is not a meal. Eat. Your. Breakfast. I skipped breakfast a few weeks ago the same day as a midterm, and not only was I the jerk who’s stomach growled the entire time, I got a C on the exam. I can guarantee that was not a coincidence.
- Remind yourself what the end will bring || Six and a half years of (many) tears, stressed out days, lots of yelling, many freak outs, and almost giving up who knows how many times, I know walking across the XL Center stage in (exactly) 200 days will be worth it. I can’t wait to finally be awarded the most expensive piece of paper I’ll probably ever own
even though it won’t be mailed to me for several months.
To be honest, I literally have to give myself a pep talk on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from the the time I leave the house until I walk into my first class, and I tell myself these things over and over again until I believe it. Only six and a half weeks left until we’re free, friends!