Mid-terms were over a week ago (thank God!) and by now most of us already know how well or not we did on those exams but it’s also that time during the semester when students are feeling less motivated than ever. At least I know I want to do anything but attending lectures and doing assignments right now. So whether or not you got the grades you were expecting, chances are you’re feeling that way too because college is hard and more often than not motivation is just not there.
Now, there a million reasons why you might not feel like studying or putting effort into school and they are all totally valid. Maybe you’re having a hard time keeping with your course load or having trouble with a specific subject or class. Probably, you’re not at the top of your game with your organizing skills and your schedule this term is a mess. Or even if you’re just feeling completely exhausted, I know the feeling and have a few tips that might help.
1. Take some time off
Sometimes you need to just slow it down and take your mind off things for a bit, which actually helps because it gives time to the brain to rest and it can boost your creativity since you’re doing something else than just studying and fussing over the same subject. So go out with your friends, surround yourself with positive energy, get some fresh air and have some fun.
2. Don’t give up on yourself
You need to know that it’s totally ok not to be motivated 100% of the time especially when you’re in college/school. Also, know that this feeling is not permanent and even when it seems you’re going to spend the remainder of the semester not feeling like it, it’ll pass eventually. Believe me when I say that it does, you just have to keep going, keep pushing through it and things will work.
3. You are not alone
Even when it seems like nobody is feeling the way you do, know that is a fairly common situation. So don’t be afraid to reach out for help, we’ve all been there and know the feeling. Sometimes just talking to someone helps and you’ll be feeling renewed after getting things off your chest and ready to start over.
Finally, keep in mind to not stop doing the things you love. Often we’re too focused on doing good at school that we forget to actually enjoy ourselves. And I know that college it’s hard but let’s remember to also enjoy the ride and cherish the experiences, good or bad, because this 3-4 years pass really quickly and before you know it, it’ll be over.