motivation

Spring Semester > Fall Semester

As winter break is nearing an end, the spring semester is in the looming future. No more sleeping in until three and doing nothing but hanging out in your pajamas all day. You actually have to brush your hair out and get to that 8AM class you’ve been dreading. You should not worry though; it will be easy to think positively as you enter this semester. I have some thoughts on why spring semester is better than fall semester.Blog-Liza 1

1. Time flies by: The spring semester is always pretty short compared to the fall semester, which always seems to last an entire year in itself.  Fall comes with dreading the incoming winter ahead where as in spring we welcome the warm weather with open arms. The season change makes time fly by so that at the end of the semester you’ll be wondering where all the time went!

2. Spring Break: Sun rays and tan lines mean it’s time for Spring Break. The spring semester has the best week of the year, while the fall semester only offers minimal holidays and indoor shelter from the cold. If you decide to take it easy with a book, travel across the country or soak up the sun with some friends- you can’t go wrong. Spring break is always something to look forward to.

3. Summer is around the corner: The best thing about the spring semester is that you are very close to summer. When the fall semester begins, the daunting thoughts of an entire school year ahead can be stressful and overwhelming for some. By spring you know what to expect and can get through the semester with ease and obtain the ultimate reward of summertime.

With these three motivations, I know that I plan to make spring semester more enjoyable and easier to make my way through it. Remember your coat on your way to class now but get ready to shred those layers by April. Bring on the Spring Semester!

4 Simple Ways to Kick-start Spring Semester

I find myself at the start of every semester saying how I’m going to have the best semester yet. But it never fails- just a few weeks in and I’m back to my procrastination ways. Next semester, I begin my final year of school and I’m determined to have the perfect year. Here are some of my tips to start off your spring semester the right way:

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1. Buy a planner. If you don’t keep a planner, I highly suggest investing in one. My planner is my life.  If I didn’t have my planner I would have no idea what I should be doing. If having a planner isn’t your thing, develop a system to keep your school assignments on track. Go through your syllabi and write everything down for the semester.

2. Clean sweep. Prior to the beginning of each semester, I clean everything from my room to my bathroom to my computer’s desktop. I feel so much better when everything is clutter free. Performing a clean up will start your semester off on the right foot.

3. New school supplies. Throw away your old notebooks and invest in new notebooks for the new semester. Color-code your classes to keep everything aligned. Call me crazy, but I have matching folders, notebooks, post-its and highlighters for each class. It’s a simple way for me to stay organized.

 

4. Set goals. Want to achieve all A’s? That’s great! Rather than just saying, “I’m going to get straight A’s this semester, set check-mark goals that you can cross off throughout the semester. I love crossing things off. Break down your classes and set goals such as “Earn a B or above on Exam 1” or “Begin paper two weeks before due date.” I always break down my papers from when they’re assigned to the due date so I don’t leave it all for one night.

It is important to keep your motivation throughout the spring while still making time for fun, especially if this is your last semester in college! What are your new semester’s resolutions?

Big Girl Pants: Don’t Let TV Destroy Your Motivation

As told by Thought Catalogue, there are plenty of ways us 20-Something ruin our youth including “letting themselves get out of shape”, “staying involved in destructive relationships”, and even number twelve “remaining bitter.” The underline theme of these is a lack of motivation.

Let’s check out a real life example. We all know television shows target an audience 5-10 years younger than the age of the actors/actresses on the show (think of all of the sitcoms about high schoolers that middle schoolers watch).  The same goes for 20- and 30-somethings and the message relayed isn’t the best.

“How I Met Your Mother”

This is a show of a group of friends living in New York City who hang out at a bar retelling stories of their days.  Only one or two of the group of six are happy with their jobs. They are shown drinking in the afternoon time and time again. None of their lives are completely on track, but they are enjoying the ride to finding their way.

There is nothing wrong with this. Personally, I absolutely love the show and would rather find out details about Barney’s job then find out who the mother is, but it isn’t setting too great of an example.  Sometimes, Ted will come out of nowhere and whip everyone into shape as he did on Christmas in front of the theater playing “It’s a Wonderful Life” but this doesn’t happen all that often.

Be sure to take the right lessons; laugh and learn from their mistakes without making them yourself.

“Friends”

This show follows a very similar pattern, although they are at a coffee shop. Out of all the cast members, Monica and Chandler seem to have their lives pretty in order (aside from stability at work which is what was lacking from Lily and Marshall also).

These shows make it seem like its okay to take all the time you need to get your life started.  There is nothing wrong with taking your time as there is no one timeline that everyone should follow, although there is a slippery slope from this idea to losing all motivation.

No matter if the next step you are taking is applying for jobs, starting your next semester of college, choosing a college, returning to school or anywhere in between, be sure to not only think of where you want to be by year’s end, but also how you can get there. Sitting at a bar or coffee shop at 2 o’clock on a Tuesday with your best friends might sound appealing, but it will be much more satisfying to be at the bar or coffee shop sharing stories about the job your passionate about.