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How to Channel Seasonal Weather Change Into a Positive End to your Spring Semester

As we’re nearing the end of the school year, we studious gals are faced with two options: power through, or succumb to the pent-up exhaustion that accompanies nine long months of courses. Thankfully, just when motivation plummets and morale is low, spring is here to remind you there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Watching your campus come alive with hammocks, frisbees, and smiles when the temperature rises make for a much kinder sight than sharing frigid, somber glances on your way to class. What you’re seeing outside is how you should be feeling inside: cheery and inspired. Use the change of weather to change your mood and habits to reward yourself for the hard work you’ve endured this year.

 

 

Whether it’s switching out the hour-long machine cardio for a run outside, or walking to class instead of driving/taking the bus, or going outside to eat or take a walk during your lunch hour, go outside! The opportunities to take advantage of the good weather while getting your blood flowing are abundant.

 

Stale air, such as forced heat and air conditioning that’s highly common in dorms and apartments– takes a toll on your immune system. Clearing your mind, body, spirit
with fresh air will improve your days.

 

Time changes can severely throw a wrench into your routines and habits, especially when it comes to sleep. Don’t let the few additional hours of daylight fool you – just because it seems like there are more hours in the day for productivity doesn’t mean less sleep is the answer. Maintaining a regular and healthy sleep schedule is critical for staying on track with responsibilities. Waking up earlier and NOT scrambling out of the door can change the aura of your whole day.

 

 

Spend your summer grateful you persevered through the end of your classes with good grades and a positive note to start your classes next fall, or jobs post-graduation. As Robert Kiyosaki says, “Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”

Maura is a senior at West Virginia University, studying honors journalism and leadership. She was the president of Her Campus at WVU from 2018-2019, interns with ESPN College GameDay and works as a marketing/communication assistant for the Reed College of Media. On campus, she has written opinion for WVU's Daily Athenaeum, served as the PR chair for WVU Society of Professional Journalists and was a reporter for WVUToday. She teaches leadership classes for the Honors College and is an active member of both the Honors Student Association and Helvetia Honorary. Maura is an avid fan of The New Yorker, (most) cities and the first half of late-night talk shows.
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