It’s April! The start of this month marks that we’re officially more than halfway through the spring semester. But more importantly (in my opinion), April is the last full month of the school year! *Cue daydreams of sandy toes, sun rays, and pina coladas in paradise*
Despite the relaxed mindsets, our workloads are certainly singing a different tune. Whether you still have a few pesky “midterms” left (can’t we just call them exams at this point?), or group projects with deadlines barreling towards you, it is still so important to remain calm, cool, collected and motivated.
We need to all remain focused during the final push because doing so will facilitate a productive and well deserved break for our future selves. How guilty would you feel checking gradebook from the shores of Laguna Beach, or the couch in your air conditioned family room, only to find out that you bombed your microeconomics final due to lack of studying? Guilty enough to send knots to your stomach and ruin your summer vacation?
Follow these simple tips to keep yourself in check as the weather gets warmer and each day it gets a little bit harder to sit down and focus on whatever school oriented tasks need attention.
- Keep a working list of due dates: Whether it’s your final financial accounting project or just a weekly econ problem set, it is so important to keep track of all due dates. With so many things inundating our minds at every moment, it’s easy to lose track of when things are due. The last thing you want is unnecessary points taken off of an assignment just because you forgot the deadline.
- Reorganize: This doesn’t just have to apply to school! By spring, almost everything can use a little sprucing up. Take time to clean out your binder, notebooks, dorm room, and even wardrobe! It doesn’t take that long and a fresh and clean start will certainly help you remain focused.
- Talk it out: It’s easy to isolate yourself when you’re stressed, but don’t let it happen. It can be so beneficial to talk through assignments or studying habits with classmates. Sometimes it’s nice to just talk it out to get things off your chest, also by doing this you’ll realize you aren’t the only one with an insane workload.
- Get moving: Countless studies prove that movement is good for the brain so take some time to go to the gym, or even just walk around Washington Square Park. Spending some extra time outside everyday will not only help get your brain going, but can double as a good excuse to enjoy the warmer weather.
- Manage your weekends: If living in New York City isn’t enough, now that it’s warmer out, it can feel like there are so many things, besides school work to do with your weekends. However, don’t forget to prioritize. I find that it usually works to spend one day of the weekend (or Friday night) to do what you want to do, and spend time with friends away from school, but then you really need to work for the remaining time.