Summer is so, so close. The sun is teasing you by shining though the windows of the library, but not quite as bright as the highlighter marks in your agenda of all the upcoming assignments that will keep you hidden there for days.
The "second semester slump" is an inevitable occurrence for every college student. The realization tends to sink in on the flight home from Cancun when you arrive back to school from spring break all sun-kissed and checked-into summer mode and checked-out of school mode.
Luckily, it's not too late to salvage your grades! Here are some tips to hold onto and keep up your motivation just like you're trying to hold onto that spring-break tan.
1. Differentiate your short and long term goals.
Sometimes we tend to get fixated on what we want certain outcomes to be and we don't take the right steps forward to achieve them. It is important to set short term goals to set yourself up and lead you toward your long-term goals. By doing this, you will find yourself slowly succeeding instead of running around in circles. For example...
- If your long term goal is to make the dean's list every semester... then your short term goal should be to check up on your assignments and coursework for each class before you are tempted to start a new Netflix series.
- If your long term goal is to have a summer body before summer actually starts... then your short term goal can be making a daily effort to eat healthier, buy less snacks when grocery shopping or make time to exercise.
- You want to be financially stable during and/or after college? Only buy your necessities, don't pull out of your savings, pay off your credit card debt, or get a job or two in the meantime.
QUICK GOAL SETTING TIPS: Write them down, keep them attainable and realistic. TBH goals are attractive AF.
2. Stay on top of things.
Ya know, like actually use your agenda! It's crazy how a $10 investment can keep your life and grades on track. Optimizing your planner at this point in the school year is even more crucial because those final exams will creep up on you faster than you think.
If you're tired of reminding yourself of what to do, than make a to-don't list in your planner! DO make time for schoolwork, to eat and sleep. DON'T substitute any of those to keep up with the Kardashians.
3. Don't let the "10,000 foot view" scare you.
After you read and update your agenda, you might quickly get discouraged by the number of assignments that are coming up. When you look at everything that needs to be done from a "10,000 foot view", it can be quite intimidating. Continuing to stare and flip through the endless pages of directions will leave you overwhelmed and wanting to throw in the towel.
Having an idea of the "big picture" helps to brace yourself for the work that's cut out ahead of you. Instead, break them down task by task. This might sound like an endless endeavor but it adds up in the end and you get things done quicker than you think!
4. Shift Gears.
NEWSFLASH: school books and laptops still work under natural light!
It may be hard... and it certainly took me time to train myself and adjust to being productive while doing homework outside, but it is possible! Fun times don't have to just be for the weekends. There's nothing wrong with making your way to you favorite coffee shop on a Wednesday to change up the homework scenery.
Do you ever find yourself thinking: "Ugh, I don't want to go to bed because I don't want to wake up and do tomorrow" because all your 'tomorrows' are already planned out? Try your best to make each day interesting, and break up your mundane routines.
5. Remember WHY you're here.
College is expensive, and studying sucks A LOT less than failing, especially if you're the one paying for it. If you put in minimal effort and preach "C's get degrees", just remember that "C's get degrees", but they don't get jobs... well not easily.
We all know that the extensive seven page, critical thinking sociology paper due at the end of the month is not worth spending time on, but it's vital to meet your educational goals.
I promise you that even though the stress may not seem worth it, achieving your goals isn't meant to be easy. Continue to remind yourself of how fortunate you are to be at the college you're attending and that when your classes are over, you're one semester closer to being done and conquering the "real world" and everything it has in store.