Getting Through the Final Semester

Isabelle Perry, Editor in Chief

As we reach the last few weeks of the first semester of the 2022-2023 school year, you may be feeling overwhelmed and stressed about getting through the second half of the year. Along with the excitement of the school year being over, students also often fear being able to keep up with the influx of work that comes after returning from winter break. If you continue reading, you’ll figure out some tips and tricks to help you manage your time and school work while also taking care of your mental health.

The first important step is figuring out a way to manage your time and school work well. A good way to do this is to buy or create a planner for yourself. You can use this to keep track of homework, due dates, and much more. An easy way to do this is by taking your planner out during class and using it to write down important information. Write down each assignment, each piece of homework, and each due date so you can reference it later on. Once you know everything you have to do, create a plan. Decide what days you’ll work on each thing and how much time you believe you’ll need. Write this all down in an organized fashion and try your best to stick to the plan you made for yourself. Set aside time for each assignment, while also avoiding working so much that you feel burnt out.

The stress you may feel could also lead to struggles with your mental health. When work begins to pile up, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to handle such feelings. There are many things you can do. The previously discussed organization is one way to avoid these feelings in the first place. However, if these feelings persist regardless, there are a few things you could try. The first approach would be putting time aside for rest and relaxation. While keeping up with your work is important, it is also important to take care of yourself. It can be extremely damaging to spend all of your time working, and no time taking care of yourself. Another way to improve your stress levels would be to find hobbies that allow you to release that stress. Things such as sports, crafting, puzzles, and more can greatly help a person overcome negative emotions.

When taking on the rest of the year, the most important things include keeping yourself organized and putting your mental health first. By keeping track of your work and setting aside time to take care of yourself, the second half of the school year won’t seem quite as daunting.