Freshman Findings: Pushing through the final stretch

Samantha_WEBThe weather is changing, and this semester is coming to a close. The outdoors is inviting and summer looms in the distance. For all of us students, there’s a lot to look forward to. However, many of us, including myself, are also faced with a problem: We’re running out of steam.
We’re too tired to finish this semester strongly, and we just want to bask in the warmth of the summer ahead. With so many of us losing the will to continue these last few weeks of school, it would seem that we have no option but to plummet downhill. However, we can always utilize the feeling of wanting to be outdoors.
Take advantage of the weather. Spring is finally warming up, and if you’re like me, you’ll want to get outside. However, make the outdoors a productive space. Lie in the grass and do some homework. Sit by the lake and study. Of course, no one wants to spend a beautiful day doing work, but, still, we have to remember that the semester isn’t quite finished and a sunny day isn’t an excuse to fall behind.
If you don’t want to roll around in the grass, then go out for a run or get active for an hour or so. Make yourself a schedule and factor in some time to do things outside. Plan it into your day so you know you’ll have time for fun in the sun. This way, you can enjoy the weather and still leave some time to do what has to be done.
There’s also the possibility of enjoying your lunch or dinner outside. Cranberry’s has tables outside for students to sit at, so why not use them?
The weather is getting beautiful, but our grades and our progress don’t have to be ugly.
Right now, all I can think of is summer. I’m looking forward to the beach, the trips and all the sun I’m going to get to see. Most of all, I’m looking forward to not being in class. Yet, there’s one thing that I and anyone on my wavelength have neglected: There are still about three weeks of classes and then two weeks of finals. Summer is going to be wonderful for us all, but so will passing our classes. It’s OK to be excited for the summer and it’s great to celebrate. Use that motivation as a drive to destroy finals in the best way possible.
The theme here is that it’s fine to enjoy the beauty that comes with a semester’s closing. It’s great to enjoy the weather, and it’s understandable to be dreaming of vacation. However, the biggest advice I can extend is not to allow these feelings to dominate the decisions to come. We must use the feelings that come with all of this to our advantage. Manipulate the outdoors; make it into a library or a place to do work. Harness the determination to get to vacation or commencement, and then utilize it as a way to prevail in the classroom.
We’re ending the semester soon, but let’s not forget to finish strong. Remember, time may be winding down, but we’re still clocked in for another few weeks.

-Samantha Sawh
Freshman journalism major

printed in the 4/16/14 edition

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