Surviving the Last Stretch of the Semester

With one more week of instruction, the finish line of the semester is within our sight. The end of semester also means the lack of motivation or increased laziness. However, it is important to remember that the end of the semester is when you should be putting more effort to study for finals or maintaining your motivation you held throughout the semester. Unfortunately, the last week of instruction will still be as stressful as the rest of the semester. Everywhere I go, I meet people who have essays, projects, and labs due for their classes. It may feel frustrating, but surviving through three more weeks of school should, hopefully, be a smooth experience

Kate’s Survival Guide (Berkeley Edition)

  • Don’t overwhelm yourself. With all the assignments and the looming threat of finals, it can be easy to neglect your health.
  • Do take care of your health. Your health encompasses many different kinds of wellbeing. Being aware of all of them and trying to strike a balance will help you stay in control of your life and stress for the remaining three weeks.
    • Physical health: Make sure to eat healthy. Snacking late at night or indulging in boba are addicting, but these junk food will only harm you. And make sure to get lots of sleep! It’s way too easy to stay up until the late hours of the night. Believe me, sleeping adequately every night will make a huge difference.
    • Mental health:
      • Emotional Health: Stay optimistic! It’s a stressful time of the semester (but then again when is it not stressful), but don’t give up or beat yourself up if you don’t get the results you want. The most important thing is to learn from your experiences and mistakes to grow as a person.
      • Spiritual health: Make sure to take time to stop for a moment and figure out what your goals in life are. It can help you find motivation and be more focused.
  • Do catch up on material you have neglected. Life happens. We have all been through the struggles of trying to keep up with all your classes, extracurricular activities, unpredictable circumstances, internships, and jobs. Thankfully, we have dead week. But if you really want to be on top of your studying, you should start studying this weekend and the last week of instruction.
  • Do destress. Make sure to take a break here and there to reward yourself for your hard work. It’s normal to feel guilty taking a break, but as long as you take smart breaks it will be beneficial as you feel reinvigorated to focus on your assignments.
  • Don’t procrastinate. As a terrible procrastinator myself, I want to advise against procrastinating. If you have an assignment due next Tuesday, please start it at least a few days before. During my first semester, I would start (and finish) all my essays the night before it was due. This was not the brightest idea. There’s no reason to compromise your sleep time, well-being, and grades for short bursts of fun activities. Instead, I strive to start assignments at least three days before it’s due. Of course, the best advice is starting and finishing all your assignments a week before it is due.

There’s three more weeks left! The light at the end of the tunnel, called summer vacation, is almost there. Persevere!