[vimeo id="80835195"] The end of the semester is always one of the most interesting times on a college campus. Students are stressed about finishing their assignments and studying for final exams. At the same time, there’s an energy and excitement in the air for the holidays. If you’ve ever experienced it, you know there’s a temptation to go full-throttle until finals are over and then veg out during the entire Christmas break.
I never want our students to experience the sort of crash-and-burn feeling that happens at the end of the semester. As the fall semester comes to a close, I wanted to take a brief moment to share a few tips for college students before they head home for break:
Don’t believe the lies. No matter how the semester turns out, don’t believe the lies we’re guilty of telling ourselves. Don’t think that you’re the only one struggling. Study hard, but don’t think you’re a failure if you don’t do as well as you’d hoped. Keep striving to achieve your goals and don’t get discouraged when you feel like you don’t have what it takes.
Have a game plan for final exams. Be intentional about how you approach finals. Don’t let them get the best of you. If you want to develop a game plan to make the most of your time and energy, here are a few ideas.
Don’t stop learning over the break. You should absolutely take a break from schoolwork and studying, but learning doesn’t always come from professors and textbooks. Here are a few ways you can adopt the mentality of a lifelong learner over the break.
Find a way to learn from experience over the break. If you want to prepare yourself for life after university, learning from experience is an essential element. Whether it is a short internship, a week of volunteering, or spending a day at an organization you’d like to work for, don’t waste your break.
Use some of your free time to define your core values. The thing about core values is that they apply to every area of life, not only your career or schoolwork. If you want to be intentional about your life, spend some time over the break creating a set of values for yourself.
Consider reading a book. I know… the last thing you probably want to do right now is think about reading another book. However, if there’s one way I encourage students to become lifelong learners, it’s to develop a habit of reading. Here are a few recommendations I’d suggest if you’re looking to pick up a book during your downtime.
What are some other tips you’d give college students as they finish out the semester and head home for break?