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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at RIT chapter.

I recently have found myself in a rut. I guess it’s that halfway point of the semester. The burnout officially kicks in, the stress of finishing strong, but still wanting to go out and do anything and everything.

My lovely HC boss babe Kenzie is here waiting for me to finish my articles and some editing that I am quite literally weeks behind on. Sorry girl, but these ASL videos and papers and stupid Italian Opera music class are taking up all my time. Thanks for being so gracious, though. Love you!

I guess I’m writing this article to remind everyone to take a mental health day. I am very fortunate to have professors that are understanding of the stress and burnout we all experience as college students. I have one professor who gives us two free days to not physically come to class but to use our class time to catch up on work. I decided to take advantage of that recently.

To my fellow students: if you have that opportunity- TAKE IT. It genuinely is there for a reason. Professors are just as understanding of your peers when it comes to a school mental health breakdown.

That being said, I am pretty damn proud of myself for where I am in my college career. Somehow, someway, I continue to juggle being a full-time student (currently taking 18 credits), becoming very involved in my sorority, and being creative through Her Campus. When I complain about the heavy workload and stress, my parents like to remind me that when I look back at all of this I’ll be proud.

And, that sure is true.

Look up, people! You made it halfway through the semester. You may cry, you may scream, you may be sleep-deprived (I feel all of those as I ramble currently), but YOU ARE DOING IT!

College is hard; nobody certainly ever said it was easy. But, if you’re like me, a 3rd year trying to stay on track the best she can, you have the ability to continue pushing.

Did I already say it in this ramble? Halfway. Halfway to finals. Halfway to vacation. Halfway to completing yet another semester. See? Everything is just fine.

Hi! My name is Maggie Passamonte. I am from Long Island, NY. I have always enjoyed writing. I was the editor-in-chief of my school newspaper in high school. I absolutely loved it, and have been longing to find writing opportunities on campus. I was so thrilled when I was given the Her Campus opportunity. I am passionate about many topics such as music, politics, feminism, sorority life, philanthropy, sign language/Deaf culture (I am an ASL major!), the list goes on! I love being able to share my ideas and collaborate with my fellow peers. Happy reading!