I, for one, can taste Summer in the air, but with only final-assingnments left to check off the syllabus, it's normal to find it hard to motivate yourself.
I will admit even I had a bit too much fun this weekend, getting carried away with the warm weather, DC United's College Night, and other adventures. And now, it's Sunday afternoon and I have a pile of homework to accomplish.
What to do? How can we find motivation for school work when we're more concerned with getting in out last DC-fun before summers at home?
Lucky for you (and me), I've compiled a list of the four most important things to remember when confronting finals:
- Don't wait until the last minute to start an assignment. Feeling overwhelmed by an assignment is miserable. Tackle them in little pieces and it won't seem so unmanageable.
- Vary your study-spaces. Getting bored of your surroundings can make you lose your focus because of the familiarity. Try a new coffee shop, like Peregrine Espresso in Eastern Market, or even just a new floor in Gelman.
- Find a study buddy! Spending a sleepless night in the library doesn't seem so terrible when you know a friend is going through it too. Just make sure you actually get work done, and don't just gossip all night!
- Make a new playlist. Similar to my theory on study spaces, listening to songs you know all the words to while studying can be a distraction. Try these music blogs for some new music recommendations-- It's a Rap, Living Ears, PoptartsSuckToasted, Pretty Much Amazing-- or else use websites like Pandora or Fratmusic to vary it up.
Below is Sam Adam's, "I Hate College," a response to Asher Roth's hit, I Love College. I feel that its pretty fitting.