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How To Stay Motivated

There are only a few weeks left of the semester and, if you are anything like me, you are worn out and exhausted from everything going on right now. It is tempting to just lay in bed all day, watch Netflix (before they take all your favorites off), and eat chicken nuggets from Chik-Fil-A. However, you must keep focused and push through to the end of the semester! Here are a few ways to do so.

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“Make sure you take time to yourself to breathe and relax in order to stay sane.” Photo from: http://footage.framepool.com/shotimg/562054221-worry-ambition-pile-library.jpg

Remember why you are getting an education. Maybe you have a dream job that you are working towards. Maybe you want to meet new people. Maybe you want to be able to support a family one day. No matter who you are, we are all here because of a specific reason. We have to push through to reach those goals!

Remember that there are only a few weeks left and you are going home! In a few weeks, you will be able to lie on the beach with the sun beaming down on you. I don’t know about you, but keeping this thought in mind is helping me get through the end of the school year!

Take time to yourself. End of semester= busyness. Make sure you take time to yourself to breathe and relax in order to stay sane. Read a book, sleep, write in a journal. Do whatever you need to just relax.

Stay ahead of your assignments and studying. Since it is the end of the year, professors want to make sure they get in all the work they can before finals. Start your assignments and studying early so you aren’t feeling crammed and rushed when the due dates start rolling in. This will make for a low-stress end of the semester.

Picking Classes With or Without an Advisor: Which Is Better?

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“Some people like having the advising meetings, but others would rather do without them. So the question becomes: which is better, meeting with an advisor or not?” Photo from: https://blogs.sjsu.edu/mysjsu/files/2013/10/sjsu-student-picking-classes-26z640c.png

As April approaches, we are getting closer and closer to picking our new class schedule for the upcoming semester. Many of us are in different places in our college careers and in different majors and/or concentrations. Some of us are graduating seniors who do not need to worry about picking a new class schedule. However, most of us have at least another semester to go and now have another thing to worry about, at least for a short while. We also all have to go and speak with our advisor, if for nothing else to get the required pin number to register. Some people like having the advising meetings, but others would rather do without them. So the question becomes: which is better, meeting with an advisor or not?

There are pros and cons to both sides. If we went without the advising meeting then we could all just get our pin numbers via email and go about our day. Many of us are very busy and do not have much time to spare for extra meetings. Forgoing an advising meeting is, admittedly, quicker, easier, and more convenient. Also, once a person reaches a certain point in their college career, they know what classes to take. At this point, it’s mostly a matter of deciding when to take their classes, something they do at their discretion.

However, it is also very helpful to meet with an advisor simply because they typically know things about the class you will be taking that you wouldn’t know. There is also the case of the same class being taught by multiple teachers. An advisor may have some insight on some of the teachers and be able to tell you which one would work well with you. The biggest issue most college students run into with picking classes is that they simply don’t know what they are getting into most of the time. Our advisors are the best resource we have available to get the inside scoop on our unknown classes.

Countdown to the end of the semester

If you’re like me, you’ve been counting down the days until the end of the semester. 25 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes, and 52 seconds. You could say I’m dying for this semester to be over, but you said it, not me. I’m not sure what it was about this semester that has made it feel unbelievably long, but that’s exactly how it’s felt. Everyday, I wake up 6:30, sometimes 7:00 because I can’t get out of bed, and I drive to Radford, park my car in 2 hour or 4 hour parking, walk to class, sit in class and desperately wait for it to end, and the I do that again and again until the school day is over, walk back to my car, and drive home. It’s truly the most agonizing, tiring, and frustrating cycle you can be in. I just want to it be over.

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“If you’re like me, you’ve been counting down the days until the end of the semester.”

This semester, because financial aid here at Radford is kind of useless, I was unable to register for class until a week and half after registration had opened, leaving me with zero class in my major still open. It really sucks when you’re super excited to take classes in your major, classes that you are interested in, but you can’t get into any because other people lost a form you supposedly “didn’t sign.”

I was forced to take four general education class, political science, geology, music, and sociology. I have to say that sociology isn’t that bad, in fact, I like it and I’m good at it, but my political science and geology classes are slowly killing me, taking out my soul and eating it for dinner. It’s not that they are particularly hard, it’s simply the fact that they are so boring my eyes feel like they’re catching on fire when I’m in class. It’s amazing how hard it can be to go to class when all you do in said class is cry about how terrible it is. It’s also pretty difficult to do well, or want to do well, in that class because you could care less about what your professor has to say.

This semester has been the worst semester of all time, although, it’s only my second one but who’s counting. If anything happens to my schedule next semester, I will probably drop out and live on the streets of Radford, telling my sad story of how the university did me wrong. But here’s to hoping!