I’m not going to lie to anyone reading this post. College is hard. If it’s not hard your freshman year, it’ll be hard your senior year. This isn’t meant to scare you: it’s meant to prepare you. Whichever career path you choose, there will be difficult classes because college is supposed to challenge you.
Now, most of the time you need to persevere is during midterms and finals…and when I say persevere I mean really get your head int he game and focus on what you’re doing and try to get through these rough patches. There may be other tough times, but, generally, these have been the worst and most stressful for me and everyone I know. Why? Because you’ll find that your professors like to have checkpoints right in the middle of the 16-week period and, of course, at the end. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get professors that understand that you’re going to have a lot on your plate at these times and they will actually schedule their exams or papers for before or after these rough patches….that’s always nice when that happens but it’s not always so frequent.
So, what can you do to combat the hard times and to successfully persevere?
- Never pull an all-nighter. Doing this will just make you tired and studies have shown that your brain will go over any information studied right before bed throughout the night as you’re sleeping like a baby.
- Schedule studying breaks every 15 minutes every hour. You need to give your brain time to digest the information you’re studying.
- Prioritize you’re exams/ papers. It doesn’t make any sense to do the last thing due before things that are due sooner. Right? Right. If you have projects that require a lot of time, make sure you work on them in chunks– it’ll be much more manageable in the end.
- Celebrate! After you’re done with this stressful time, take a much needed break. This will also give you something to look forward to as you cross classes off your mental list.