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Stay motivated before spring break

Because spring break is a little over a week away, all students can think about is warm beaches, sun tanning and relaxation, but there’s still some work to do before hitting the waves. This is one of the hardest times for students to stay motivated and keep working. Here are 10 ways to stay on top of things before spring break.


Keeping papers, books and assignments organized can make life so much easier. When everything is in the right place, it can open the mind for new ideas. This is a simple step that leads to smooth sailing when it comes to studying and doing homework.


No one can function academically on only a couple hours of sleep. No matter how much work there is, it is important to get a proper amount of rest each night. Plan your days out ahead of time, so you know what you need to do each day. Cramming until 4 a.m. is never the way to go.

Treat Yourself:

There is nothing wrong with being pampered after finishing a long assignment or taking a hard test. Having something to look forward to can provide the strength to push through and finish everything you need to get done. Just remember to do this sparingly and only reward yourself if you truly deserve it.

Set Goals:

There is nothing more satisfying than marking the last thing off the check list. By keeping a list of goals, you know exactly what you need to get done. You will be proud of yourself at the end of the day when achieving these goals. It will be worth it.

Stay Healthy:

Eating right and staying fit will not only help you stay focused on your work, but will also give you the energy you need to complete those long and daunting assignments.


Not every waking moment of your life needs to be devoted to your studies. To replenish those creative juices, take a break, go on a walk or enjoy the fresh air. As the weather is starting to warm, study outside.


Excuses will never get you anywhere. The more you wait, the harder the assignment will be. The best way to fight procrastination is to just do it. Once you finish it, you will be so relieved.


Your friends are most likely going through the same situation you are when it comes to school. Vent to them and help each other stay focused. Study together if you are able to. It always helps when someone can understand what you are going through.


If you study at about the same time every day, a routine will develop. You won’t even have to think twice about it. This will make you dread it less and actually start doing it more.


Always keep a positive attitude when it comes to your school work. Approaching things this way will help you stay determined, focused and motivated to do the best you can, especially for the next couple of weeks.

VSU’s History Professor, Dr. Rickman, said, “To me, the key to academic success is for students to plan out specific times each day that they will devote to reading and studying for each of their classes.”

As these last two weeks before spring break come to a close, try to stay focused. Like I said, it is only two more weeks. You can do it, and if you need any help, the Student Success Center is a great option.

Story by Savannah Oliver, Assistant Campus Life editor. Photo courtesy of Emma Follmer.

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