4 Pieces of Advice That Will Save Your Sanity

by Rachel Philiph

Hi everyone! Thanksgiving break was amazing, but now it’s back to the daily grind. The semester is quickly coming to an end, and many students will find themselves in “crunch time” for the next few weeks. Here are some of my favorite ways to prepare, survive, and maybe even enjoy the end of the semester.

  1. Make a to do list in order of priority. It’s easy to get so overwhelmed with all the work to do that you don’t even know where to start. To combat this, I like to make lists of everything I have to do and set priorities for each day. Breaking down the work into smaller tasks makes everything much more manageable. And you’d be surprised how much satisfaction you can get from crossing an item off your list!
  2. Find a favorite coffee shop for studying. Some of my personal favorites are Café Milo (in West Ames) and Stomping Grounds (on Welch Avenue). Coffee, good music, and people watching for when you get bored. What more could you want in a study space?
  3. Know when to take a break. There are many ways to relax in the Ames area. You could see a show (A Christmas Carol is at the Fisher Theater the next couple weeks), or even just grab some food at a new restaurant (check out The Spice on Main Street). Taking just a couple hours away from studying is very refreshing, and you will return to your studies more focused.
  4. Call your mom and dad (or anyone from your family)! When you are stressed out and ready to give up, they will give you the pep talk you need to power through.

Best of luck with the last few weeks of the semester! Let’s finish strong!

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