For most college students, returning back to college after winter break is both an exciting time but also causes stress.
The term “spring semester” is ironic in a way as it starts in the dead of winter and ends just as the weather starts to get nice out. There isn’t the same spark and motivation that college students have when they start for the fall semester. Even though the spring semester may feel never ending and cold, here are some inspirational quotes, life hacks, and strategies to help all college students no matter what year or major they succeed and get through their spring semester!
- “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle” - Christian D. Larson
In college, it is inevitable that every student will run into obstacles. Obstacles can range from academics, social life, and being homesick.
These times may be really tough, but just think that whatever is bothering you at this moment will not matter in the long run and that you can overcome any bump in the road.
- “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”- John Wooden
Often times in life, humans focus more on what they cannot do rather than focus on what they are capable of doing.
It is natural for humans to focus on all the negatives happening in life. This thought can ruin a person’s mindset very quickly.
For example: not doing well on a test, does not mean a person is incapable of learning the subject.
- “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” - Malcolm X
Today more than ever, education is essential. Having a strong educational background prepares students for future jobs, furthering schooling, and networking. School is hard and stressful at times, but in the end, all late night studying and flashcards will be worth it.
- Set a routine. A routine is key to be successful for a productive semester. It creates a sense of organization and calmness. It does not have to be so strict, that you are doing the same thing at the same exact time each and everyday, but try to make important times of the day consistent.
For example, waking up and eating breakfast. To make sure you are getting eight hour of sleep a night and eating to fuel the body, try and wake up and eat a healthy breakfast around the same time everyday.
Some other good ideas to try to set a routine for is blocking out a time for work/studying, working out, and other meal times. All of these block out time that is essential for a human's well-being.
- Celebrate small victories, small or big. College is really tough, no matter the major, year, or person. That being said, each victory accomplished deserves to be celebrated.
Celebrating a small victory could be considered getting a higher grade than expected can be celebrated by watching a few episodes of a favorite show or eating a favorite meal or dessert.
Bigger celebrations affect life more than smaller victories in most cases. One example of a big victory would be receiving a job or internship offer. Receiving news like that is exciting and definitely worth celebrating in a fun way. A fun way to do so is to go out to a fancy restaurant with a group of friends and really splurge on the best foods and drinks! Another fun way would be to go on a day or weekend trip with family or friends.
- Set small goals for yourself. Setting small goals for yourself creates something to look forward to and the feeling of accomplishment when the goal is completed. A good way to set small goals is physically write them out. That way they are easier to remember and check off.
A simple small goal that would be easy to set is meeting with professors during their office hours to ask them questions and concepts that may be hard to grasp. It could once a week or multiple times, depending on the goal trying to be accomplished.
Another small goal idea is setting a time frame on a project or assignment. This also helps with time management and being able to have fun other things in life. At the end of the day, small goals can really affect other aspects of life.
- Remember the end goal.Through all the stress, tears, and triumphs at the end of the tunnel there is a degree. It does not matter if it takes three, four, and six years to finish, the degree at the end will open so many job opportunities.
Some semesters are harder than others, but the last thing anyone wants to do is give up. The end goal will be worth everything and that is a great mindset to have when feeling hopeless about school, grades, etc.
- Create good time management for yourself. Time management is a must have skill to survive college. Thankfully, there are advisors and other mentors/services that allow students to receive help in this area.
A good way to start time management skills is to block out a certain amount of time each day to take notes/study material from the days classes. Writing times for classes and assignments down in a daily planner can increase time management as well!
- Let Loose! After a long week of studying and work, go out and have fun! Fun can be had in so many ways in college. Go out with friends for happy hour at a local restaurant (21 +, obviously), go to the movies, or head to a fun museum! Whatever it is that makes you happy and care-free, you deserve it!
Although college is for getting a good education, it is also a time in life that can never be lived again. Never again will you be able to go out on a Thursday night or live down hall or street from your best friends, so make the most of it.
Letting loose also creates a nice work and life balance for college students. It is healthy to work hard and have fun. The mind and body need this balance of fun and work to work properly.
Life Hacks for Staying Motivated in the Spring Semester
- Summer is so close! At times during the spring semester, it may seem like classes and the winter is never going to end. In just a few short months, sunny and 85 degree days will be back! Whether students do an internship, go home for a summer job, or take classes during the summer months, life is just better and people are happier in the summer.
- Use your student ID to your advantage! Every university requires students to have a student ID when attending. Some schools, specifically in cities, allow their students to receive discounts at local places with their ID’s. Some good examples that might have discounts with a student ID are: local sporting events (hockey, baseball, football), yoga studios, and museums!
- Try new things! With the new year in full spring, it is full of opportunities to start a new hobby to motivate you through the semester. There are endless amounts of opportunities in college for just this sort of thing! Whether it be taking up a yoga class a few times a week or trying a new restaurant that just opened up locally, anything new can be great! Checking the university’s clubs and activity list can also be an excellent way to get involved in something new.
Even though the weather may be gloomy and days may feel long during this spring semester, there is so much happening in the moment and just around the corner. It is important to enjoy every second of college, even when lacking motivation. For a full list of other strategies and life hacks for this spring semester, check out Villanova University Resources.