We can all agree that this semester has been far from easy. Living through yet another online semester, no spring break, and the stress of creeping ever closer to graduation takes a toll. However, as the semester starts to wrap up, there are a few things to remember.
Take time for yourself.
Trust me, I know how you feel. It feels like there is always a big project due or a final to study for. We feel like if we’re not constantly working on something, we’ll fall behind. But, time for yourself is just as important as your grades.
Instead of constantly powering through and getting burnt out, take time for yourself and you will produce better work. Try leaving the hour before you go to bed to just do what you want to do, whether it be watching TV, scrolling through Tik Tok, or just playing games.
Take care of your body.
Yet again, I know how you feel. Simply brushing my teeth before I go to bed seems like too much effort sometimes. However, you are just as important of an investment as your degree. It is so important to make sure you eat consistently. Even if it is only a granola bar or some crackers, you need to fuel your body with food.
Additionally, it is important to try to get out and be active. For some people, working out is a great way to get their minds off things. However, even if working out isn’t for you, simply get out and take a 20-minute walk to clear your mind and get your heart rate up a little.
You are more than your grades.
Ever since we were children, the education system has been evaluating us solely on our grades. While it is important to try your best, you are more than just your grades. Failing one class is not a reflection of your intelligence or who you are as a person. Even if this whole semester was not a great one for you, you are still worthy of love and acceptance.
Everything will work out.
It can be hard to see it in the moment, but everything happens for a reason. The world has a very funny way of working itself out no matter what. If you do poorly one semester, it is not the end of the world. It does not mean you won’t get a job when you graduate or that your degree is worthless. I promise you, you will be fine and will end up with your dream job and find happiness in places you never thought to look before.
This blog post was written by Chloe Maher, Director of Community Service.