Growing pains

I am going to tell you now, you are probably going to have an incredibly hard semester at least once in your college career. You probably read that and thought, “Isn’t every semester hard?” And you’re right, it is. But I am talking about the type of semester where it’s so hard you wonder why you even decided to go to school in the first place.

Now, this isn’t meant to scare you at all. Sure, I probably made you a little nervous about the caliber of the semester I have just described, but this is me telling you that you can get through it. It is possible! I have been through it and boy was it tough. During my spring semester junior year, I was taking 18 credits, practicing and lifting with the soccer team on average 5 days a week, giving tours, writing for the school newspaper, all while keeping a social life. On top of it, I was taking rigorous and high level courses that would have me studying through all hours of the night. It wasn’t always fun, but I made it! And since I have, I just thought I would give you a few pointers on how to conquer the semester of the century.

Take time every day out of your schedule to do something you love. Whenever I felt overwhelmed, I always took time out of my day to focus on something I love and enjoy. For me, it gave me some time to reflect and grow.

Workout. I don’t know about you, but working out always makes me stress less. Sometimes, you just need to relieve the stress and working out is one of the best ways to do that.

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Talk to your professors. I talked to my professors constantly about content and classwork, not only to make sure that I stayed ahead, but because I knew that they would be there for me whenever I needed it. My advisor, Ann Minnick, was able to listen to my worries and stresses, and was able to make me feel better about doing so. 

Don’t forget about your friends. Yeah, my semester was tough, but without my friends, I wouldn’t have been able to stay sane throughout the process. They were able to give me something to look forward to throughout the week, and allowed me to have fun.

I may be wrong. You may have the four easiest years of college and sail right through it. But for those that don’t, I can promise you two things. One, you will be able to get through it, and two, you are going to come out stronger than you ever could have imagined.