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  • How to Stay Motivated for Spring Quarter

    The relatively good weather we’ve been having this week isn’t helping the fact that Spring Break is over and that summer is right around the corner. While many might already be in summer mode and others may have caught the oh-so-contagious Senioritis, there are still eight more weeks standing in your way.

    Even though you might want to spend all your time soaking up the sun, it’s important to stay on top of your school work. Here are a few tips to stay motivated and finish this quarter strong!

    1. Prioritize Assignments
    This is easier said than done! Do whatever helps you stay organized, whether it is a planner or to-do list. Plan ahead and don’t procrastinate because it will definitely help you in the long run. Who wants to worry about papers and assignments while relaxing at the park when you can relax with a clear mind?

    2. Reward Yourself
    After you finish a hard assignment, go ahead and give yourself a little reward. Having something to look forward to will motivate you to push through and finish everything. These rewards can range from sweet treats to watching one episode of your favorite TV show. Be careful not to cheat yourself and reward yourself early. It’ll take even longer to finish your assignment, and that’s not what you want.

    3. Find Alternative Study Places
    Are you longing for the sunlight? Change it up and take your studying to somewhere you can enjoy a little Vitamin D. It’s still possible to enjoy the sun and study as long as you find a spot where you’re not too distracted.

    4. Study With Other People
    Studying with others can help you understand the material better and can help you work more efficiently. It’s always fun to get a group together and spend a few hours studying at the library, but just make sure you actually study!

    5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
    You won’t get anything done with only a few hours of sleep. It’s important to get enough rest every night in order to focus completely in your work. Plan out your days in advanced so you don’t end up pulling an all nighter writing a paper or studying for a test.

    6. Work Out
    Working out not only helps reduce stress, but it’ll also help you get in shape for the summer! Think of it as hitting two birds with one stone. Take some time to go on a run to help you relax, get fit, and enjoy the weather.

    7. Stay Positive
    Although it’s easy to get that “I don’t care, the year’s almost over” attitude, resist the urge to go down that road! Try your best in your classes so you know that in the end you gave it your all. Be optimistic and work hard! If you work as hard as you can, the more rewarding it will feel when you finally finish the quarter.

    Good luck this spring!

    Abbey Fajardo | NSM


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