You GOT this!

27 Apr

It’s that time again! Does everyone have there everything’s going to be okay face on???giphy.gif

…..Oh, ok maybe not, but that’s okay, we’ll get there! I GET IT! Finals week is probably the most stressful time of year and I’m feeling it too. Firstly you have already been through a hectic semester and your feeling exhausted. Also, you have MULTIPLE exams/papers/projects/extra credit assignments that are due around or on the same day. This is definitely overwhelming but I want you to try to dig deep to gain the last bit of motivation to get through the year. I know it’s WAY easier said than done, but motivation is everything so I am here to remind you of some ways you can gain the little bit of extra motivation to get through the end of the year!

Remember most motivation comes from within:

giphy-1.gifThe best person who can give your motivation is yourself. You can’t expect or rely on anyone to just give you the motivation you need because this is your thing. You are the one in college and the one who are taking the exams. You need to put the effort into studying and do the best you can. You need to be proud of yourself for the progress you have made throughout the year and have confidence you can finish the year strong! You have worked so hard to get to the place you are now, so keep pushing forward to get the grade you deserve on your last few finals. You have been preparing all year and have all the knowledge you need to do well on your exams, so buckle down and get it done! If you need a little push, look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a pep talk! I know it sounds silly, but it will boost you up.

Get motivations from others:

giphy-2.gifI know I just said motivation needs to come from you, but definitely to talk to your friends, family, and professors to give you a boost of motivation if you need it. They are your biggest supporters so they are the best people to go to when you are feeling a little down and stressed out. They can also help you with your accountability on staying on track. If you let someone know when you are planning to study for your final, follow up with them to make sure you are actually doing what you are supposed to do. The only thing you need to be careful is not to put too much on their plate. They can only do so much to help you through your stress and at the end of the day, it’s your job to put the effort into doing well on finals, not theirs. Also, these people are the ones you care about and want to impress, so don’t let them down!

Set goals:

giphy-3.gifIf you are someone who likes to see progress, set short-term goals for finals week. Think back to SMART goals and make sure your goals are actually achievable in the timeline you have. For example, trying to catch up on 4 months of reading for one class in one day is unrealistic, but reviewing all previous tests for a class is more realistic. Write down your SMART goals and put them in a place you always look such as on your calendar, bathroom mirror, or desk. If you do this, you can see what you have accomplished in the remaining last 2 weeks of your freshman year and make yourself more accountable because you have actually written down what you need to do to finish the year. Check them off once you complete the goal to feel the accomplishment!

Redirect when you are set back:

giphy-4.gifLife doesn’t stop happening during finals week. You can’t control everything leading up to your final exams/projects/papers, but if you are set back, you can control what you do about it and how it affects you. Don’t get angry about something getting in the way of your studying plan because it happens. Take a little bit to be annoyed that your plan didn’t work out, but then do something about it! Try to make it a problem-solving activity where you have to get creative with your time. You can find extra time in your schedule to get things done if you are organized, so with that said, DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO START STUDYING!!!!!

Positive thinking:

giphy-5.gifAll in all, having motivation is a lot easier if you have a good attitude about it. I know stress is hard to get through and weighs you down, but it is what you make of it. If it helps, surround yourself with positive messages, motivational quotes, or anything else that makes you stay calm under the pressure of finals. At the end of the day, this is only the last push of freshman year and you can only do what you can. Don’t stress out too much!

You have worked SOOOO hard to get to the place where you are and you are so close to summer vacation! It’s only two weeks away!! As you go through your final exams, don’t forget to treat your body right by eating well and sleeping properly. Also, utilize the Finals Survival Week on campus because it definitely makes finals a little easier. Congratulations on making it through your first year of college and I KNOW you will do amazing on your finals! YOU GOT THIS!!!

Keep on Keepin’ on,
Courtney 🙂

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