While the semester is coming to an end, it may be important to look back and reflect on why you chose to attend Benedictine University to begin with. About half way through, students seem to have checked out and lost all motivation to finish the semester strong. This happens to me all the time. I get bored with the classes I am currently taking and wish that they would just end. It is incredible to think of how fast the semester flew by, so what should the final weeks mean to you?
Find motivation somehow. As the holiday season approach, all one may want to do is go home and finally be done with school. It is unfortunate that the most important time of the semester comes between those two breaks. Think of Christmas break, and all those presents, as being an award for all the hard work and time that you have put into your school work. Between studying for final exams and finishing last minute assignments, go have some “me” time. Whether it is hanging out with friends, going downtown Naperville, or running off stress at the Rice Fitness Center. Taking your mind off of what you still need to do may trigger more motivation to conquer the next tasks.
Kindlon Library, Krasa Basement. These two places on campus may be one’s best bet for some quiet studying time. Kindlon’s third floor of the library is the “quiet zone,” where staff members are actually patrolling the area to make sure it is quiet. There is no need to worry if someone will be doing a group project because there is a specific floor for that kind of work! Also Krasa Basement is another quiet zone. Personally, I have gotten told to quiet down when once down there. Although when finals time comes, every person is for themselves. All other previous assignments should be done at that point. Remember, as an award for finishing off the semester strong, all students receive an entire month off from school!
Don’t Procrastinate. I saved the best for last. There are less than 3 weeks of school left, so it is crucial to not fall behind and make your grade suffer because of it. Chances are that you will probably regret it. Use Thanksgiving break wisely for the little amount of days that you are off. Finals take place so closely after, so it’s important to stay on track with where one should be in regards to the course syllabus. Also, work to your individual strength. There are some people that do their best work the night before, then do that! It may not be the smartest thing to do, but do what’s best for you. Time management and equal distribution of all classes is key. Juggling at least four classes, work, and other extra-curricular activities will have to be balanced. Think ahead and do not fall behind!