Cru Culture: Tips to help you finish the semester

The end of the semester is upon us, and with that comes a lack of motivation for most college students. Thanksgiving break is coming up and the final weeks of school are just around the corner.

Before we know it, final exams, presentations and papers will be due and we can enjoy our month-long Christmas break in peace.

But before we can make our trek to our comfy beds at home, the familiarity of our hometowns and catching up with high school friends, we must keep our eyes on what’s important so that we can prevent going home and crying in our comfy beds because we failed the semester.

You see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s bright. But you can’t get to it by trading your responsibilities for temporary happiness.

Christmas break is great, but you want to be able to enjoy the month-long intermission of recuperation to prepare for the spring semester.

So, don’t neglect your work and priorities now, because you’ll soon regret it. There are just a few weeks left of school, Thanksgiving break excluded, and there are a few things that students should keep in mind for these last few weeks so that they don’t end up regretting their bad decisions of skipping classes and not turning in final assignments. Here are some suggestions:

Don’t wait until the last minute to work on a final project or presentation or paper. Everyone knows that procrastination does not produce the best work, and most final papers and projects are worth a lot of a final grade.

Figure out the grading criteria and topic of each assignment and start now, because odds are you won’t want to start it during Thanksgiving break when you’re with your family.

Keep going to class. It’s tempting to want to skip the last classes, but that won’t benefit you in the long run. Professors like to sneak in final exam questions and information during the last few class meetings because not a lot of students show up.

Professors also have the tendency to give review days to the class, when attendance is optional. Go to the review. Take notes. Don’t skip.

Relax. The end of the semester comes with great stress, but if you worry about it, it will only become worse for your sanity. Take your time to do class work and don’t forget to take care of yourself.

If you can remember these tips, then the last few weeks of school should fly by, and you can enjoy your Christmas holiday without that guilty feeling in the back of your mind.

Author: Jordan Yarbrough

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