1. Keep active! Walking or doing yoga or going to the gym is a great way to alleviate stress as the burden of finals and research papers comes nearer in the next few weeks. Exercise means endorphins and endorphins make you happy!!!
2. Sleep. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep will prevent you from being anxious, overwhelmed, and tired as the next few weeks go on. It will also leave you well rested and your body will love you in more ways than one.
3. Make a schedule. Start studying for finals and do papers ahead of time — don’t leave them to last minute. Even writing a few paragraphs a day for your papers will leave you ahead and less overwhelmed as the due dates draw nearer.
Doing all three of these things will help keep you motivated as winter break comes closer and this semester finally comes to an end! That way you’ll do well on your finals and be able to finally relax as December 10th arrives!!
Good luck everyone!!
Lately I think my friends think that I’ve been ignoring them, which isn’t the case. I have just been trying to adjust to my new major and have a mind of my own. Since August 9th, we have spent almost every waking moment together. By any means this isn’t a bad thing, I was just starting to feel that my individual self was being overshadowed. While I was trying to break away from the group, they were still holding on. I am an introvert and we need our time to regroup and focus on our goals. Given that I am an Orientation Leader, I had to be “on” for a total of 3 weeks and by the middle of September I was worn out. Granted, I didn’t have to be “on” I just wanted to make sure the freshman were well acquainted on campus before I could be with the crowd.
During week 1, my friends and I were merry and full of cheer until I noticed that we were all attaining different personal goals. In result of this, I saw the need to separate myself from the group. According to the Knapp’s Relation Development Model, my friends were at the differentiating stage while I was still at bonding. As I was learning this in class, it triggered something in me. Had I come to point in my life where all of my friends had something going for themselves and I didn’t for myself? Was I not being supportive like I should have been? That moment sent me on the verge of a breakdown. My anxiety, of not having my life in order, went crazy. In the span of two days I had a total of 8 espresso shots and an outstanding amount of caffeine to calm my nerves. I hadn’t experienced anything like that in my life. I had to call my best friend Jeremy to make sure I wasn’t going insane, which I was. When I asked him he told me to get over it. So I tried to get past this feeling, but my attitude had changed in how I behaved around my friends.
Going into week 2, I tried to be supportive of my friends’ life goals but I couldn’t. By this point, caffeine wasn’t the answer instead I went shopping at Target. We all know that you shouldn’t walk into a Target when vulnerable. In result of that, I spent $100. Not only did I leave still feeling empty, but also broke. So now I’m thinking about how I am going to make it through the week with very little funds and how I can be a better friend. To buy myself some time, I started hanging out with other people. My friend thought I was leaving them behind, but really I wasn’t. Towards the end of the week I gave up being distant. I realized they needed me but I didn’t see that. For 2 weeks I’ve been walking around blind. Now headed into week 3, I am going to give my friends the personal attention they deserve. I’m Trying! It’s hard being a non-emotional person in group of emotional people.
Next time any one feels as if I’m ignoring you, I’M NOT!! I just need time to regroup and focus. Please forgive me?!
For everyone starting college for the first time (especially those right out of high school), it can seem like an overwhelming experience. You have harder classes, a larger homework load, and, more importantly, a lot more freedom. It can be very easy to get swept up in the social life of college while trying to balance your school work. The best advice I can give, from everything I’ve learned, is make time for yourself.
Learn to make some time each day or each week, even if it’s only 30 minutes, to relax and breathe. Go for a walk, read a book, sit in a coffee shop, etc. Just take some “me” time to unplug from the world and concentrate on recharging your batteries. Even extroverted people should take some time to have a breather. It can be good for your mental, physical, and emotional health; which is very important in the fast paced life of college. I would also say make extra time to get enough sleep as well. If you’re well rested you’ll be more alert in class and your immune system will be better able to fight off illness. Always remember to take care of yourself, a little bit goes a long way.
Coming into Fontbonne University or any college, I would encourage any student to have some sort of relaxation time frame. This time is to be stress free from all the due dates, exams, practices, and games you may have going on. If you do not keep some sort of peace in your life you will lose yourself though out your entire college life. College is a fast-paced environment. Everything has a go, go, go attitude. You must keep a piece of yourself. Find time to mellow down and communicate with family members. I feel like once you are thrown into this college lifestyle it is so easy for you to lose yourself. I’m not saying take too much time off, but keep it reasonable. As a Fontbonne Griffin, you can’t live without knowing who you are. Make sure you are growing as a college student and make the grades. Don’t let them make you!