February and March are cold, dreary months. The fate of winter is determined by a groundhog that never holds up his end of the bargain. In short, these months are boring and the only thing we look forward to is Spring Break, which has come and gone. However, March is over in 7 days and there are only 8 more weeks left of the semester. You are almost there!
Now that you have realized how close the end of the semester truly is, there is no room for slacking. Professors prime us for the first half of the semester to really get us ready for maximum growth for the second half.
Due to the first half of the semester being focused on obtaining foundational information, it helps outline optimal space for creativity during the second half. You have learned everything there is about play dough, now this is the time to really play with it.Let me give you another example: the first half of the semester you solidified your daily routine and figured out how you were going to make sure you got your 8am coffee from Tim Horton’s (they even know your name), maybe even mastered bathroom, food, and social breaks. Whatever it may be, the second half of the semester is there to really push your limits. Maybe you make it to Tim Horton’s an hour early, maybe you skip the social scene and do some pleasure reading, or maybe you decided to take up a kick boxing class Monday night at 10pm!
In the classroom, you can challenge yourself the second half of the semester by talking more or even striving for a better essay grade. Talking to your professor is a great resource when it comes to finding out reasons why you did poorly. Many professors grade based on effort – if they see you putting in the effort they can see you are trying.
This next tip is hard to swallow, like fish oil. Fish oil is good for you, so is this. Limit your social media. Don’t completely cut it out, but limit it to where it’s not interrupting your progress on getting your work done, or even ahead. It’s hard to get things done or study when you are constantly checking Becky’s every minute status update or reading “You’ve Got This: 12 Signs You’re Actually Killing It In Your 20’s.”
Plan, plan, plan! Almost every post I mention something about planning. IT’S SO IMPORTANT! Plan for in an hour, plan for tomorrow, plan for next week, or be like me and plan for the last day of the semester! I have started to formulate the High Peaks I want to hike this summer, a to-do bucket list of crafts for around the house, and landmarks I want to explore. These list are great motivation to complete the semester strong.