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Ending the Semester Without it Ending You: A Guide on Staying Afloat as a College Student During Crunch Season

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As you know, we are currently in THAT part of the fall semester: sniffles, finals, burnout, darkness at 5 pm, every single professor teaming up to assign 10x as many assignments as the rest of the semester, I could, unfortunately, go on! So, if you’re like me and kind of at your limit, here are some small things that you can do to make it to the end of the semester without the semester ending you!

Go ahead and buy that little treat :)

Girl, sometimes, the treat is a must. Yes, obviously you should use a little discernment when necessary, but I don’t think I’ve ever bought a little caramel frappy and felt worse by the end of sipping it. You can use your go-to treat as motivation to complete a difficult task or as something to cheer yourself up at the end of a hard day. If you need a sign to treat yourself today, then this is your official go-ahead!

Create your own weekly light at the end of the tunnel

This is a tip I received once from a therapist that I absolutely have to share. The idea here is that you want to make sure that you always have something to look forward to by the end of the week. It doesn’t have to be huge either! Something small like treating yourself to an episode of your favorite show or getting your nails done can be just enough to keep yourself motivated.

I know that as college students we’re all busy and this is easier said than done, but you deserve to do the things you really love doing sometimes, and if you don’t place a little significance on your life, it won’t feel very meaningful! Giving yourself light should always be a priority because you are your number one priority! Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

if your life is going to be a horror movie, make sure it has a good playlist!

Life is just better when you have a new song to be obsessed over! Obviously, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is still in rotation for me. Also, “Slut!” is the best vault track in case you didn’t know.

cry if you have to! scream if it helps!

In case you haven’t heard it lately, there is no shame in crying no matter who you are. Also, crying can feel really good sometimes?? With that being said, tissues and a stuffed animal are optional but recommended!

Understand that even though it’s bad right now, things will eventually get BETTER

As I’m sure we all know, sometimes things just won’t be fun. Even our strongest delusional warriors have trouble romanticizing every part of their lives at all times! So, my last piece of advice is to just accept that things might just be kinda bad right now. You’re not alone if you’re struggling to keep up right now and no student is the perfect student. Also, one late or missed assignment won’t be the end of the world (even if it seems like it is!!!). You’re doing the best that you can, and if you just keep going, it’ll all work out fine.

Anaya White is a junior at Texas Christian University studying Business Information Systems and Creative Writing! In her free time, she enjoys playing the ukulele, scrolling through Pinterest, and turning her silly little feelings into poems.