Looked at your course schedules already, huh? Saw the mounds of exams, papers, and projects? Already behind with your readings? Don’t know when you’re going to have time to write that paper that is due in about four hours? Bags under your eyes? Not enough food in that stomach of yours that—thanks to the holiday season—is so used to constantly being full?
Missing your family’s cooking?
Yup, this sounds about right. The Second Week Back Syndrome has hit hard. Never fear! There are ways to right these issues in a matter of days.
In which the “Second Week Back Syndrome” has taken its course, a cure is provided, and “The Rise of the Millennials” is upon us.
With the newfound phenomenon knows as “The Rise of the Professors” emerging the first week of the semester, feeling overwhelmed is not a surprise…but at the same time it is. Every college student goes through this, some later on than others. Those who experience this later on are usually those whom—from day one—started all their assignments from their individual classes. No, no I am not calling those of you out to make fun of you. I actually commend you. However, mark my words there will be a time when you will succumb to the Second Week Back Syndrome.
Lucky for us I think I may have the cure.
…Or what could possibly be a methodical cure. I’m not really sure; I’m majoring in Broadcast Journalism, not Chemistry.
If you read my previous post “Confessions of Syllabus Week & The Rise of the Professors” than you are up to date about the catastrophic outbreak known as “The Rise of the Professors”. Our professors are on to us. They know we like to take the first week off, so commonly known as “Syllabus Week”, and the week after slowly. They know some of us do not hit the books until we are in the clutch of the semester: the weeks of midterms and finals. They have caught on. I repeat:
They. Have. Caught. On.
As of right now, I have not discovered a form of counterattack that will not cause the possible fall of our GPAs. For now, we will just have to go with this outbreak and hope not to be badly injured by it.
Which means we will not allow “The Second Week Back Syndrome” take its toll on us. We will not start off the semester weak; we will start off strong.
Step One: Create an outline/schedule of important due dates from your individual classes.
I did this on my first Saturday back. One by one, I looked at each syllabus in search of the due days of exams, papers, and homework. In chronological order based on when they were due, my exams, papers, and homework for individual classes were organized. Next, I printed them off and placed them in their appropriate folders. As the days go on, I plan to highlight the work I have finished in order to separate what I have done so far to what I need to do.
Step Two: Network.
My mother taught me that term a few years ago. It was the beginning of my high school years and I did not see the need to do so. I went to a small private school and everyone in my grade was in one class (some classes were divided into Honors and Non-Honors). However, that term has become prominent now.
Make friends in your classes if you do not have some that are already in there. You know what? Even if you do have some, make more friends. Make study groups. Hang out socially. You are not just making these friends to help your educational journey. You are making friends that you—hopefully—really enjoy being around. As the years go by, you will be happy you started “networking” both socially and educationally.
You never know. The one kid furiously jotting notes down to the left of you may be your next boss, friend, or significant other.
Step Three: Take breaks from studying.
You do not have to spend your next four years of your life studying everyday. I am not saying that you should not study a little bit everyday or every other day (whatever works for you). What I am trying to say is that you need to clear your mind from schoolwork sometimes in order to get work done.
For example, my best papers are usually the results of taking days to put it together. On the first day I look over the prompt. The two days I figure out where I want to go with my paper and proceed to create a thesis statement, respectively. Following those two days, I spend the next day gathering information and after that is done, I write…er, type. This is the 21st century.
Anyways, the point is I do not sit down and write the paper in one sitting. I used to, but I found spacing it out worked better for me. Everyone is different. People say college is the time to experiment. If you are not adventurous and do not want to experiment in some absurd yet fun way, experiment with your study/work ethic.
Step Four: Know your limits.
A few posts ago I talked about how knowing your limits—how balancing out your life—will help you find success in whatever it is you are pursuing. This step correlates closely with step three. Take time out of your studying to have fun. Hang out with your friends; watch Netflix; eat; sleep; go workout; join an organization that you know will not add stress, but may help relieve some. You or your family did not send you to school to have a hernia or a heart attack. That is not the goal. Find your balance—your very own personal balance—apply it to your life, and (not to sound very Disney-ish) but watch everything unfold. Know your limits.
Like I said before, this may not be the cure for everyone; it may not even be the cure at all (I warned you about me not being a Chemistry major).
Experiment with it.
Yes, “The Rise of the Professors” may have already hit, but that does not mean we cannot survive and manipulate this unfortunate disaster into being “The Rise of the Students”.
We have the power to change our lives; to change our attitudes; to create our futures.
Pssh, “The Rise of the Professors”? In a few years they’ll be reminiscing and talking about “The Rise of the Millennials”.
I’m just an average college girl with many stories; many words; many confessions. These are just some of the confessions of an average college girl to average college girls.
…And there are many more to come.
Much love my millennials,