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Erica’s Edition: Spring fever vs. finals week

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Do you ever have a long project that you’re working on and nearing the end, but you’ve put so much work into it already that you just can’t seem to find motivation to work on it? I’ve seen this problem left and right this past week. It’s crazy how big of a change one week left of classes and half a week of finals has on the morale of college students.

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It’s probably bad to admit, but I have that problem occasionally as well. I’ve noticed so many of my fellow classmates not owning up to the amount of work they have to do this weekend. Most are more intent on partying the entire weekend, using “It’s May Day Weekend” as an excuse to blow off any and all responsibilities.

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This idea that, as students, we’ve put so much work into this semester that we can hardly bear to finish it out really surprises me. Especially the fact that I have that thought in my own head! I’ve never once struggled finishing a school year. In fact, I’m usually sad at the end of the school year because I enjoy having class. This semester has just been a lot more work than I’m used to I think. Probably because I’m in four classes that are junior-level up classes and one of them is a writing class (which isn’t my strong suit), but still. I’ve never had such a complete lack of motivation and apparent lack of sleep.

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As Manchester University students head into the last week of classes, I wonder who will have their work done and who will be left struggling like a worm trying to climb out on the pavement in a storm. Some of my friends are coming to me with worries about work load and questions about how they will have the time to get everything done. I guess the only thing I know to say to them is what everyone has been telling me. “Don’t worry. Everything will get done in the end.” Is there any other way to reassure struggling college students?

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Erica’s Edition: Time Management Woes

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Today’s post is brought to you by my busy college intern, Erica Graphman.

Do you ever have those days where you have so much on your plate that you don’t know where to start and you end up not doing anything? I’ve been finding myself with this problem more and more this year. Everyone repeatedly tells me I need to work on my time management skills, but I’ve always thought I was pretty good at it. Well, at least better at it than my peers.­

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The funny thing is, I get told I need to manage my time better in multiple situations. With lots of homework, I know that I need to start working on big things in advance, especially if I have multiple large projects and papers due around the same time. If I don’t work quickly enough, I’ll get slammed with a lot to do in the space of one night. At work, I get my work done too quickly and don’t have anything to do, so my supervisor tells me I need to work more slowly.

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My parents know that I have all my classes, I’m working with Karla, putting together a magazine for the school, and I have a job on campus during the week. They tell me that I have to space everything out so I don’t end up neglecting one of my responsibilities or doing poor work. Friends, on the other hand, tell me when I need to stop working and go out on a late night snack run, or tell me I need to watch a certain show or movie with them. It gets confusing.

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It seems like everyone has their own opinions about how I should space my time out or how quickly I should get my work done. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to shift gears and work at a slower pace. Other times, it’s just agonizing working slowly when I think about how much I have to do. And either way, it’s exhausting working at quick pace every night, rushing to get homework done, papers written, and books read. It might sound bad, but I really hope that the “real world” isn’t like this or I’ll end up tired all the time!

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Erica’s Edition: Spring Break Musings

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Ahh spring break! The time away from school and work to refresh and prepare for the end of the year. Or not. While some of my friends are down in Tennessee and Florida are having fun, I am stuck (for lack of a better word) at home.

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I always imagine having time to relax and spend time with my family when I picture the long month and a half of school leading up to spring. Don’t get me wrong—I have spent lots of time with my family this break. In fact, that’s part of the problem with spring break this year! I’ve been so busy I haven’t really had time to complete any of the MOUNDS of work I have due the first two days after spring break is over.

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I went to an early screening of Divergent with my mom and brother because my mom won tickets (she’s insanely lucky at winning things like that) and I saw The Monument’s Men with my dad. Divergent was amazing, by the way! My little brother, who, might I add, never reads, came out of the movie saying he wants to read all three books.

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I thought that with everyone out of the house during the day, I would have plenty of quiet time by myself to work on the essays and reading and journals that I really really have to catch up on and finish. Somehow I neglected to remember that being home by myself means that I have to make my own lunch. Everyone else seemed to remember that though, and I got invited to lunch every day of the week. This lead to being gone during the day, and not having much time to do work in the evenings.

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I’m not sure how satisfied I am with the result of this spring break. I’ve spent a lot of time with my family and I’ve had a week of no work and no homework. As much as I’ve loved being home and not really having anything to do, I’m finding that I’m overly anxious to get back because I know how much homework I have to get done on Sunday. I find it odd saying I wish we did not have spring break and we just got out of school a week early. I think that might be illegal for students to say. Spring break has been great, but is it worth the extra stress the week classes start again will generate?

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