This past week was the first week of my semester, which I always think is pretty stressful! You find out information about all of your classes all at once, and you find out how much work you’re going to have over the course of the semester. It’s also interesting to find out if you know anyone who is in your classes, especially in college when the pool of people is so large.
I will be graduating this December, so this is my second-to-last semester of college. It’s an interesting mix of emotions – I feel super dedicated and ready to work hard so I can finish strong, but I also am so excited to graduate that I wish I was just done already! Because of that feeling of anxiousness to be done, staying motivated can be kind of difficult. I’ve been trying to plan out how I’m going to stay focused this semester, so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you in case you’re having trouble with your own
The first and most important thing for me is to not procrastinate. In high school, I had such a massive workload that it was almost impossible to do anything ahead of time. While college can be busy, I usually have enough time between deadlines that I can actually start work early. Getting things done ahead of time is really helpful for cutting down anxiety and making school seem much more manageable. This is usually easier said than done, but I do what I can to stay on top of my work and it always makes a huge difference.
It’s also important not to lose sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing. For me, I am so passionate about what I’m studying that I want to make sure I’m setting myself up for a career in that field. If I don’t get my degree, it will be really difficult for me to have the job I want and to feel satisfied with the career I build for myself. I also want to make sure I am able to afford to comfortably live where I want. The Seattle area is becoming SUCH an expensive place to live, and having a college degree will help me get a job that allows me to stay here. Keeping these goals in mind helps me to keep going and stay focused even when I get overwhelmed with all of the work I have to do.
Despite how insane school can be, I am really excited for this semester! I am looking forward to learning more and to getting more experience to help with my internship this summer and whatever job I end up getting after graduation!