Spring break has arrived, and while almost all of the PC campus is at home taking naps or tanning on the beaches of Florida, I am still in half spring/half winter Rhode Island since I had February break last month. You may think this is a bummer, but campus is so peaceful when no one is there, so I can’t say that I’m complaining. This week, I plan to get organized and begin applying to jobs. It’s not easy to type that out, but at some point I’ll need to accept that I won’t be a college student forever (tear, tear).
Even though I’m not sitting in ordinary college classes anymore, I am still handling the mid-semester feelings of, ‘When will the snow melt?’ and ‘Is there anything that I can change before I miss my chance?’ These questions seem to have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds these past few weeks during midterm testing, and as I evaluate myself at the high school, I have also been reflecting. Here are some tips as you round out the first half of the semester.
- It’s not too late to turn things around. Second semester sophomore year, I took a history class that I didn’t particularly enjoy. The readings were not enjoyable, the class itself was tedious, and I couldn’t put my all into the material. By mid-semester, I could see that my grades had suffered from my lack of motivation, and I knew that if I didn’t want to receive a bad mark, I would need to fix things. I was able to push myself throughout the rest of the semester, and I received a B in the class, which was much higher than I had anticipated in March. The point is, this is your chance to really turn your semester around. Talk to your professors, make sure you’re going to every class, and get the readings done. It will be worth it in May.
- Enjoy spring break. My spring break last year was a wonderful week, and no, I did not spend it on vacation. Instead, I got in plenty of relaxation time at home. I got some work done, read some non-academic books, and enjoyed a new show on Netflix. Don’t inundate yourself while you’re home – this is your chance to truly have time to yourself, and I know how that can be necessary at this point in the semester. Try not to think too much about school while you’re not there. And if you happen to be somewhere on a remote beach right now, not only should you know that you are making me immensely jealous, but you should also enjoy your time in the sun! Get that vitamin D.
- Map out your schedule. There are some great events on campus between March and May (Relay for Life, Cultural Jamboree, Spring Concert), and it’s always super stressful when tests and homework get in the way of enjoying the weekends. Take another look through your syllabi and see if there are any due dates approaching. Mark down these dates in your planners or calendars so that when you get back to school, you don’t fall into a state of overwhelming chaos as assignments pile up. It always helps me to see what my schedule will look like, and this is the perfect time since your head is clear and has reached the midway point in terms of material and due dates.
- Don’t stress. It can be difficult to find time to balance the rest of the semester and plans for next year (housing, class registration, club decisions), but don’t let the processes slow you down or stress you out. You’ll be relieved when you see that you can make it through anything college life throws at you.
The weather is beginning to show signs of spring, so I’ll have my fingers crossed all week. Enjoy spring break if you’re on it, and have a great end of the year as it quickly approaches!