This is College: Thoughts of a Peer Academic Advisor Vol. 5.4

Peer Academic Advisor: Ashley Beyer

Major: Forensic Psychology

Class: Senior

“You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.” – Abraham Lincoln.

Coming out of Thanksgiving break, there is always a mix of emotions college students can feel. They may feel homesick after being able to spend almost a week with their families again. They may feel burnt out from the last 10 weeks of classes. They may feel overwhelmed with looming due dates and impending finals. And all of those emotions are okay. Every student feels these normal emotions at least once during their college career. The best way to finish the semester strong when you’re overwhelmed, over worked and just overall exhausted is to remember you’re almost done. This is the final stretch. Don’t let anxiety, stress, or exhaustion be the one thing in the way of finishing proud.

The best solution to the above problem is simple. Believe in yourself. You got yourself this far. You did all the work to get yourself two-thirds of the way done, finish the rest of the mile. Being a student myself, I know it is super easy to slack off at this point due to exhaustion or holiday blues. But at the end of the day being tired or antsy for the long winter break is not a good enough reason for not finishing your semester strong!

The best tips I can give you are to start prepping for your finals now. Sure, you have two or three weeks before your exams begin but those weeks will fly by and before you know it, you’ll be in the final days of the semester upset with yourself for not studying sooner. I’m sure someone in your life has told you before but get more sleep!!! Do not do all-nighters in hopes to retain the information – start now, be prepared and get sleep! Don’t let yourself be the reason you fall short in the end.