The End of the Semester is Near: Stay the Course and Stay Motivated

By Deborah Schofield

Here you are, nearing the end of a long fall semester. Are you finding it hard to stay motivated or focused? Wondering if you have the energy to “hang in there” for these last few weeks?

You are not alone. Here are a few bits of information that we hope will guide and support you through this busy and yet exciting time of the semester.

  1. The End of the Semester is Near - Stay the Course and Stay Motivated Self- Care
    Self-care should be on the top of your list. Eating well, getting plenty of rest, exercising, and taking breaks when needed are just a few of the gifts you can give to you. Sometimes it takes intentional planning and putting “you” first.Self-care also includes your emotional and mental well-being. Mindfulness activities can be just the path to follow. When your emotions are high and you feel like you need a break, “RAIN” is what may help. Below are two links that explain the process and introduce you to the professional who created this simple and yet powerful resource for Self Care- Tara Brach – is known for her practice in Guided meditation: RAIN

    R= Recognize what is going on
    A= Allow the experience to be there, just as it is
    I= Investigate with interest and care
    N= Nurture with self-compassion

    Download RAIN, A Practice of Radical Compassion, by Tara Brach

    Follow a Guided Meditation, The Practice of RAIN, by Tara Brach

  2. Stay Organized – Plan
    How do you keep all of the work, tests, and assignments all together so due dates are respected and met? Some use a hardcover weekly planner. Some use an online planner, and some use some form of technology. Choose one that works for you! The biggest takeaway is…to plan! Even if you do not have a planner or a strategy right now. It is never too late to begin and wrapping up a successful semester may be the right time to begin.
  3. Schedule a Study Group With Peers
    Some of the richest resources you have for being successful in your studies are the peers in each class. Even if you are taking an online class, you have access to the class list in Bright Space. Reach out and connect. You may be surprised to find out that you are not alone. Who knows, a few new friends may be made along the way as well.

    Remember, there is free tutoring in the Learning Commons and don’t forget the Writing Center. Both of these resources are accessed via an appointment. This is where your “Intentional Planning’ will be very important.

  4. Last But Not Least
    After you have strategies and a path for wrapping up all of your courses and expectations, set the plans in action for celebrating and having your Spring Semester all set as well. In doing this final step you will be able to enjoy your break knowing that all is well and will be ready when you return for the Spring Semester.

In closing, just a few things to remember before you end the semester and set for a long break.

  • Have you met with your faculty advisor or met with a staff advisor to register for your spring classes?
  • Have you filed your 2021/22 Financial Aid?

Plan a relaxing and fun break. Celebrate for staying on course and motivated!