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5 Ways to Beat End-of-Semesteritis


With the semester coming to a close and the thought of swimming pools and glowing tans around the corner, finding the motivation to keep yourself on track can be pretty tough! Some students may even be preparing for their graduation come May, and nobody wants to have to stay another semester just because of some slacking off in the last few weeks. If you’re losing the drive to complete all your work or just don’t know where to get help, don’t fret! Her Campus WPUNJ is here to tell you how to beat what happens to all of us, End-of-Semesteritis.

Get help

If the work is getting harder as the weeks have gone on, and you think there is no point of trying, you are probably wrong. In most classes the final project or exam is usually worth the most points, so get the help needed NOW! Get the assistance you need by visiting the Academic Support Center, where study groups and one-on-one sessions can help you gain the confidence needed to get back on the right path.

Control your stress

Breathe in, breathe out, repeat. Sometimes the stress of having everything due at once can cause a breakdown. Visiting the Rec Center on campus can help keep your levels down. Sitting in the sauna for ten minutes or playing a game of basketball with friends can get your mind off finals and help you to relax and enjoy the moment.

Stay (or get) organized

Many people do not have type A personalities, so staying organized can be quite the challenge. Once everything is in order, it usually takes only a couple of days for it to become messy again. Keeping a detailed schedule of when to study and the due dates of work is such an important part of maintaining focus, and it really helps you break down your schedule to get the maximum amount of study time.

Get enough sleep

I know this doesn’t seem logical, especially when many college students pull all-nighters frequently, but getting enough sleep is so important not only for your body but your mind! According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep deficiency can “affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.” Hey, we all would love to sleep more, and this is all the more reason to get some ZZZ’s.

Think of the future

Sometimes all we really need to get focused is to think of the big picture. Just imagine your life in 5 years with your college degree, and then imagine your life without one. Remember the reasons why you decided to go to college in the first place, whether it is to obtain your dream job or to just make your family proud. Most importantly, make sure to hold on to those good feelings when you feel like the work is getting to be too much.


These tips can help you achieve the grade you want as long as you stay focused and follow them! For a little more inspiration, just remember what famous endocrinologist Hans Selye once said, “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.



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Tara Davis-Scholle is a junior at William Paterson University. She currently writes for Her Campus, and has written for USA Today and PreviewStay in the past. She has been an Events and Marketing intern for Habitat for Humanity of Trenton, and in her free time, Tara likes to read, travel, and go to the Jersey Shore!
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