By Mariah McBride
It’s that time of year when the majority of college students feel drained. I think most students would agree that group projects, midterms, essays, and even the change of weather are taking a mental and physical toll on them. I know it can be hard to remain positive when it seems like your to-do list is never ending and your alarm clock goes off quicker than expected, so here are some quotes to remember during a hard time in the semester.
1. “If it doesn’t matter in 3 years, it doesn’t matter.” -Unknown
Try not to stress over things that are only temporary. I know it’s easier said than done, but that exam will not matter next year. To be honest, it probably won’t even matter next month. I know we tend create a chain of reactions in our minds, such as “if I don’t pass this test, then I will fail the class. If I fail the class, then I won’t graduate or get into law school.” But in reality, it’s just one exam that we will soon forget about. Of course, study for it and don’t procrastinate, but realize that if you don’t do well it’s not the end of the world.
2. “You can live your whole life in a shell or you can hatch.” –Hatching Pete
One reason students feel stressed or down is because they cut themselves off from the world. They don’t do what they love or hang out with friends because they want to dedicate all of their time to studying or working. This is not healthy. If you live all of your college days inside your dorm or apartment, you will never see some of the amazing things this campus has to offer. Most importantly, you will never show the campus what you have to offer. We all have something special. Spend some time doing something you always want to do, because in the end, great memories will outlive great grades.
3. “Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a process in which we are always learning new things. Since life is a journey, that guarantees there will be periods of ups and downs. Instead of rushing through those ups and downs, I recommend trying to take the time to process or enjoy the moment. There is beauty in learning. If you do not agree, observe a young child learning a new skill. This child isn’t rushing to master the task; rather, they ask tons of questions in hopes of truly understanding the process. This is a better mindset to have than rushing simply to reach an end goal.
4. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Unknown
Often, we associate self-care with lack of productivity. I admit, I have thought this. However, this is not the case. One of the most productive things you can do is take care of yourself and treat yourself to something that you like doing. If you take the time to hang out with friends, watch a movie, read a book, or whatever else you like to do, then you are more likely to be in good spirits. This positive energy can’t help but follow you when you are doing homework or going to work. Please don’t tell yourself that taking care of yourself equates to wasting time.
5. You must be very polite with yourself when you are learning something new.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
I know it can be frustrating when you do not understand something, or when it seems like it is taking you forever to pick up a new skill, but the college experience is full of new material. You will not master it all quickly. It’s okay to cut yourself some slack and to remind yourself that your best is good enough, even if it’s not perfect. Furthermore, people learn better when they are in a positive environment. It is up to you to be the person creating that environment for yourself. It is imperative that we start being our own cheerleaders instead of our personal villains.