Hey everyone! As of this week, 2nd 8 week classes have started, it looks like we are safely halfway through the semester. This is about the time every semester that my motivation begins to fade a little bit, and I find the enthusiasm that I had at the start of school to be almost nonexistent. I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way, so I want to share with you my top 5 tips for staying motivated even when I don’t want to!
- First, remember why you’re here- College can be stressful, and some days, that stress can be pretty overwhelming. Those moments are when I try my best to remind myself that everything I am feeling is temporary, and everything I am doing is putting me one step closer to the amazing future and career I have planned for myself. Take a minute to visualize what it is you want, and why you attended college in the first place. Suddenly, whatever is on your plate won’t look so big anymore.
- Reorganize– Usually around this time, my once impeccably organized and color coded binders, planner, and notebooks suddenly start looking like someone set a bomb off in my backpack. This only adds to my stress, so I like to take a moment to get everything back in order and looking nice. This also helps relieve stress by helping me get all of my assignments organized for the rest of semester so that I know what is coming and how I need to pepare.
- Talk it out- Odds are, by this time you are deep into your chosen major and have made friends with the people in your classes. By this point, you start to realize that you are all tired of school and chronically stressed. Consider this feeling a source for a bonding opportunity. At least once a week, the girls in my major get together and talk about what is stressing us out, and give each other tips on how to get through different things. This not only helps us relive what is bubbling up inside, but also puts into perspective that you are not the only one who feels stressed or insecure, which honestly usually makes us all feel so much better.
- Give yourself something to look forward to- Yes, at this point, your schedule is full and you have a million and one things to do, and the last thing you want to do is schedule out MORE time to force yourself to have fun. Do it anyway. Not only will doing something you look forward to relieve stress, but it will also break up your day a little more, so you’re not caught in the same old boring routine that drains you.
- Just breathe- Whenever you feel stressed, unmotivated, or like you just can’t deal, take 5 slow, deep breathes. This will slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, relieve stress, and leave you feeling a little more positive and energized. Try it. It only takes a minute, and I promise, it works.
I hope these tips help you get motivated for the rest of semester!
Have an awesome week,
If I could give any advice to the pre-Fontbonne me I would definitely tell her to not stress so much. Understand that you cannot be in control of absolutely everything in life. I would also tell myself that I was going to end up a planner and that was going to be tough for me because I cannot control everything. I did not know this as a freshman coming into college and if I could prep myself for that I know I would not have stressed so much when I did not have control.
I would also tell myself to actually go to class. Even though I thought I did not need to and that I was free from mom and dad I was not a genius. I would tell myself to get up out of bed even if I had the worst headache. Unless I was vomiting or unable to move I should have gone to classes all the time.
Another piece of advice I would give myself is to not sleep so often. Although taking naps always felt amazing, I was only hurting friendship and wasting time to spend with those friends I had made.
The last piece of advice I would give is to attend the Freshman orientation. I would have made so many friends much quicker and would not have struggled so much in my first year. I skipped my orientation and although I made many friends here at Fontbonne, it was not without challenge.
Go to orientation, Go to class, and DO NOT sleep so much!
The most important thing anyone should know in college is to plan your career junior year! You should start looking at internships before than, but definitely take the time during Junior year to figure out what you want to do. If you wait until Senior year, it may be too late. For example, I am a Junior now and I found out that in order to get a schalorship to get my MBA I need to do more leadership and community service. Right now I have a year to do it. Had a waited until next year I would have been out of time since the application is due in October.
Besides that, it took a long time to figure out what kind of job that I want. I went to the career fair hosted at Fontbonne and did not see any jobs that I liked. Being a Buisness major, there are many jobs that are not of interest to me. But then I found a company that I was interested in: Nordstrom! I applied for the internship and they gave it to me next summer. Had I waited until next year I would be a year behind!
It is very fulfilling to know what I am going to do after I graduate. Many people take a year off and then decide what they are going to do. I would advise anyone not to do that.
Dear younger Claire (and incoming freshman),
Thinking back just 9 months ago before I started school at Fontbonne, I expected something totally different. I excepted teachers that didn’t care, huge classrooms and having to stay up until 3 am every night. When I got to Fontbonne, I was mistaken and for good reason. The faculty and staff of Fontbonne actually care about the students. Although some may disagree, if you put your studies first and ask for help, they will go above and beyond to make sure you have all the tools you need to be successful. Here are some of the things I would tell myself before coming to Fontbonne, after being here for almost a full year now.
- Join more clubs and be more involved. Yes, having a super busy schedule is tough, but you make more friends and have more items to look back on as involvement from college.
- Try something new. Step out of your comfort zone and make new friends. Say hi to someone or tell them that you like their shirt.
- Go to class. Don’t miss it just because you don’t feel like it. Go and sit there because you’re wasting your money every class you don’t go to.
- Eat healthy. Yes, pizza and ice cream are great every now and then, but you have to take care of your body to be mentally and physically healthy.
- Make friends. I know this sounds silly, but put yourself out there and you can meet some pretty cool people.
- Go for it. Whatever it is, if there is something you want, you won’t know until you try it! I randomly decided to go to a meeting about being a student blogger, and look where I am now.
Moral of the story: This is a time to reinvent yourself so become the person you have always wanted to be. You may say “what if I fail?” But I ask you, what if you succeed? You can never know until you try and you are your biggest limitation. Try new things, meet new people, be adventurous, have fun.