How to survive the long semester

By Harriet Siegrist

Even though we’re heading home in March, the semester is long from over. You may be wondering, how you are ever going to survive this long semester and online classes? Don’t worry, we have you covered with advice on how to make the most out of the semester.

Take care of yourself

Being a student can get tiring and not being on top of your health can make it even more difficult. The last thing you want to do is try taking an exam while being sick and tired, so do yourself a favor and make your health a priority. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is vital to fighting off diseases, not just the coronavirus. Wash your hands and get 8 hours of sleep a night to keep illnesses at bay.

Another way to take care of yourself is having an exercise regimen. You don’t have to go to a gym to get in a workout, you can do a great workout from the comfort of your home. A half hour three days a week will help improve your physical health. From being a stress reliever to giving you a break from studying, exercise is a great way to fight the homework blues.

A healthy diet is also key to making yourself healthier. A good diet will help you sustain energy to move you through long nights of studying. Next time you’re eating lunch try having a piece of fruit instead of a cookie. Little changes can make a big difference.

Manage your stress

Stress is often inevitable at points during the semester. What we can do as students, though, is embrace the challenge or fall into the threat of stress. Constantly worrying about an upcoming test is not good for your mental health. Take time to step away and take a break from studying. Putting the books down for 10 minutes can help you feel relieved and when you come back to it you’ll be more ready to study. Stress shows that you care about school but don’t let it consume you.

Make a list of where you want to visit

Sometimes the best thing you can do to make the most out of your semester is getting away for a weekend. Although we are leaving campus amidst the school closing, you can still plan for future trips. Take time to talk to your friends and see where they would want to get away to for a few days. Although you won’t be able to visit new places soon, you’ll have ideas of where you want to go next. Whether its a drive to a new coffee shop or a trip to visit a friend’s home town, having something to look forward to will brighten up your time away from Loras.

Stay motivated

It’s hard to be motivated for an entire semester, especially when it feels like it’ll never end. Now more than ever it is important to keep yourself motivated so you don’t fall behind in class. Keep yourself in check over everything you need to by writing it all down. Schedule when you’re going to do tasks and don’t lose focus on what’s at hand. It’s easy to think about how much you’d rather lay in bed than study for your Chemistry exam, but sometimes you need to buckle down and do your work. Seeing the results and hard work pay off will help you be motivated to keep going.

Make your summer plans

Even though it feels far away now, summer will be here eventually. Having something to look forward to can help the semester fly by. As summer approaches so do deadlines to apply for jobs and internships. Be sure to find where you’re living and do your job searches. Knowing where you’ll be working this summer will relieve stress and give you something to look forward to. Once you have an idea of your schedule, have some fun and plan out a vacation with your best friends. From visiting a new city to discovering a new lake, you’ll be sure to plan out the perfect getaway.

This semester may be tough to wrap up, but Duhawks are strong and you’ll get through it all in no time.

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