Advice from a Busy Bison
This past week has felt like a month. I have no idea why college professors decide to administer their exams on the same day, week even, as one another, but I feel they secretly collaborate or conspire against us to laugh at our misery. In all seriousness though, professors really just want to see that we are capable of growth. From my perspective, professors at OBU desire to see us thrive and grow as individuals, and that is the greatest thing. The hardest part thus far, however, is the fact that multiple professors have deadlines that come all at once, which to many can feel like such an inconvenience. I suffer in that same boat of not being able to manage my time wisely, but I have learned in this past week multiple ways to stay focused and engaged in my studies, and I am here to conquer these truths with y’all (look at this girl from Cali saying y’all).
So, here are several tips on how to avoid the miserable feeling of not being prepared for the pressure of college:
Tip #1: Pray.
This is something I can be totally transparent about. I lack the discipline to pray in everything. Much of my time I spend stressing about irrelevant factors, such as inadequacy. Many times I feel that I cannot move forward, but I believe these thoughts are influenced by the enemy. I have realized if I just pray, I am overwhelmed with peace instead of the stress that so easily weighs me down.
Tip #2: Schedule time to take breaks.
Whether it be hammocking in the plethora of trees on campus or grabbing a snack in the GC, it is important that you don’t miss opportunities to take a break. Working too long, in my experience, has caused more unproductiveness rather than just taking the necessary time to refresh the mind.
Tip #3: Use your planner!
I know so many people, myself even, who neglect their planners. Often when I forget to check my dates, I come close to missing a deadline and that is just cause for more stress.
Tip #4: Develop your study habits NOW.
Procrastination may have worked for you in high school, but being boggled by multiple readings, writings, and projects alike leaves little time for accomplishing much at the last minute. If you know it will take you an hour to sit down and get to writing an essay that is due in the middle of the week while you have to balance work and other homework, I would suggest taking care of it on the weekend. It is not ideal, but if you spend a minimal amount of time writing that essay Sunday evening, you can definitely finish it in an easier process.
Tip #5: Rest.
Developing better study habits should ultimately leave you an adequate amount of time to rest, but in most cases whenever I’m left with a bunch of leisure time, I usually spend it going out on late-night adventures and not sleeping. Point is, don’t be me. Rest when you need to.
Bonus Tip: Breathe.
It is not the end of the world. Relax. Everything is as it is meant to be. Stressing out is not going to solve your problems, as I have learned.
Overall, college can be stressful, but it is really having perspective that keeps us motivated. In the end, all the hard work will be worth the struggle, because one day we will be doing something we love to do each and every day.