Finding Motivation During Finals Week

It is everyone’s least favorite part of the school year. Finals week is here whether we are ready for it or not. I am burnt out, overwhelmed, and just done with school. It always seems that I have way more to do the last two weeks of school than I have any other time during the semester. If I am not studying for a test, I am writing a paper. If I am not writing a paper, I am working on a project. I feel

Sounds like finals week!

Sounds like finals week!

like I cram an entire month into two weeks! Some people take finals week in stride. I am not one of those people. I am the type of person who manages to survive finals week, but I am extremely stressed the whole time. So if you are already ready for finals week, all the power to you! If you are more like me, you might want to continue to read because in today’s post, I will share a few things I do to keep myself motivated during finals week.

Lists

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Basic finals week to do list

I am not one of those super organized people who keep a planner and have every second of their life plan. My life would probably be a lot easier if I did that, but that is just not who I am. However, I have so much to do during the last two weeks of school that I will forget to do some things if I do not write them down. For the last bit of the semester, I type out a list of everything I have to do and print it off. I hang it up on my door and cross things off as I do them. It is not a very structured list; I just list things in order of importance. It is not much, but it helps me from forgetting some important dates and from feeling overwhelmed.

Study Parties

My friends and I plan study parties throughout the last week or so of school. We get together in the library or one of our apartments, get some food, put on some music, and study together. We do not talk much because we all have different work, but it is still reassuring to be near one another while we study. There are times I need to study alone, but sometimes I

Watch out! We can get a little crazy ;)

Watch out! We can get a little crazy ;)

tend to freak out if I feel over stressed. Believe it or not, I tend to get over stressed during finals. When this happens it is especially good to have someone there to encourage. It is also much more fun to study with your friends than it is to study alone.

Breaks

When I have been studying for several hours, I just have to take a break or I will completely lose my mind. I will do laundry, go for a walk, watch some TV, or even take a nap. As long as I can take a small break every few hours, I am able to study more and retain twice as much. Sitting over a book for hours on end gives me a headache and stresses me

I think it might be time for a break.

I think it might be time for a break.

out to the point that I fret over what I have to do more than I actually it. But if I am not careful I will get caught up in what I am doing and not study anymore. I have started setting alarms so that I know when my breaks are over.

Don’t Give Up

I know that most of you are as tired and as burnt out as I am. Sometimes I see my books piled up on my desk and just want to crawl under my covers and hide from my homework. The last few weeks are the hardest, but if we just do this last  bit of work it will be over

This seemed appropriate.

This seemed appropriate.

until next semester. Then we can go to the beach and hide out for the summer! We have worked hard all semester so it would not make sense to quit now. Don’t give up! It will be worth it in the end.

Do you have any advice for finals weeks? If you do leave me a comment! I would like to wish all my readers the best of luck on their finals and a fantastic summer vacation! Thank you for reading my blog! Like my post and make sure you check back every other Wednesday for a new one!

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Steps to Becoming an English Major: Stepping Towards Success

Today’s post ends my English major series. I have had a great time sharing all I have learned in the past four years. I can speak from experience that the English program helps shape each student for success during their academic career. I am a different person now than I was when I first came to LMU in 2011. In my final post, I would like to share how the English program has helped me step outside my comfort zone and become a more confident student.

Freshman Year

I didn’t take many English classes my freshman year as I do now. The majority of freshman classes consist of general education classes, but I

Freshman Year! I'm in there somewhere.

Freshman Year! I’m in there somewhere.

learned a lot from the English courses I took. These classes encouraged me to engage more in discussions and helped me become more outspoken. When I first came to LMU, I was very shy and was reluctant to share my ideas or anything I wrote. A few weeks into my first literature course, I spoke up more. The advice I give freshmen is not to be nervous to share their opinions or their work. Sharing in college is a lot different than it is in high school. Here you are surrounded by people who have the same interests you do and actually care about what you have to say.

Sophomore Year

I took on more literature classes my sophomore year. By now, I was more confident in my writing as well, so I decided to start taking creative writing courses. Though I did manage to get out of my comfort zone my freshman year, I challenged myself more my sophomore year. I was required to read out loud in my fiction class so my instructor and classmates could give me constructive criticism. I learned to take this criticism to make my stories better, and I learned to give it to other students. My sophomore year was a sort of in-between phase for me, as it is for many students. I was more confident and challenged myself more, but I never shared anything outside the class room.

Junior Year

writingbettercandyJunior year is when I really flourished. I spoke out in class more, and I started venturing outside of the class room to share my ideas. I joined Wolfpen Writers, which required me to write and share my work more. I also started reading at the student center when Wolfpen hosted “Open Mic Night.” I ventured further from my comfort zone than I ever had before when I started blogging for the LMU Student Bloggers. It was one thing for me to share my work within the student body, but anyone in the world can read my blog. For me, that was a huge milestone.

Senior Year

Now, I actively share my work and I seek out learning opportunities. This year I have been to two conferences. From March 27th to the 29th, I attended the Appalachian Studies Association Conference at ETSU. There I attended panels on literature, women’s studies, appstudieswriting, geography, Appalachian studies, and other topics. I also went to Oak Ridge, from April 9th to the 11th, for the Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference. During this time I went to several writing workshops and got feedback for some of my work.

I have grown as a student and as a writer over these past four years. I know more now than I had ever dreamed of when I first came to freshmen registration. Like many other students, I have discovered that college is not easy, but it is worth it. English has pushed me in ways I never imagined it would, but if I went back I would do it all again. For me, English was the right choice and it always will be. In this program, I have constantly been pushed forward in my academics, and I have always been successful.

Thank you for reading my English major series! If you have any questions about the English program leave me a comment. As always, like my post and check every other Wednesday for a new one!

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Steps to Becoming an English Major: The Different Classes

I have been a student at Lincoln Memorial University for four years, and I have been an English major for three years. After my freshman year, I decided I did not like what I was doing so I decided to change my major. I took a few different classes before I settled on English. I picked English because I was more engaged in those courses than I was any others. I soon discovered that not all English courses were the same. There are a variety of classes within this program for students to choose from. Let’s go over the differences I discovered in these classes. Continue reading

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Steps to Becoming an English Major: The English Class

The first thing that struck me during my first literature class was its unique structure compared to my other classes. In an English class, you do more than just attend a lecture. You engage in the texts and open discussion with the professors and other students. As an English student, I have had many classes that have interested and challenged me. During my time at LMU, I have learned to be confident in myself as a student and a writer. I have also found a group of students that share my interests and encourage me to participate in student organizations. I want to share how an English class is structured and my experiences when I first became an English major. Continue reading

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Steps to Becoming An English Major: Your Schedule

Before you dive into your books, you need to make your schedule. But before you can make your schedule, you need to meet with your advisor and get an idea of what classes you want to take. There are a lot of classes to choose from, so you will need to make sure you take the ones you are most interested in and apply to your major. In today’s post, I will go over meeting with your advisor and some of the classes you will take on the freshman and sophomore level. Continue reading

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Steps to Becoming an English Major: What Can You Do With This Degree?

As an English major, I am often questioned about my future career plans. Sometimes, I find that I am questioned by individuals who have no business in my future endeavors, and sometimes I am annoyed because I am a fairly introverted person and do not always want to talk about my life to a complete stranger. However, I most often encounter people who just assume I will be a teacher. Education is a great field for a variety of degrees, and I respect anyone brave enough to go into it. I am not one of these brave people. I am going a different way with my degree and believe me when I say there are plenty of different paths for me to choose from. In this post, I will share a few different paths that you can take with an English degree.

Business

Are you looking for something in the business field? With an English degree you can find careers in human resources, marketing, management, and much more. English majors have to lean to engage in critical discussions

Good Combination

Good Combination

and explain their ideas with one another. Creativity and critical thinking are important aspects in business if not life in general. I know a few English majors who have taken out minors in business, marketing, and accounting.

I also know people who major in one of these other areas and minor in English. These are all very compatible with English because the student can combine what he or she learns in English with business. This is not what I have chosen to do, but it is still a great option.

Information Services and Library Science

English is a great precursor for a library and information science degree, as it is for many other degrees. This also happens to be my area of choice. With this degree you can work in libraries,

It is the exact same.

It is the exact same.

museums, hospitals, medical school, research labs, and so on. Of course, research is a great component in any setting. I can assure you will have to do research some point in your life. In fact, I would be surprised if you have not done any yet. If you are good at finding and utilizing information then is a good area to explore. I have always liked searching databases to find articles to read. Libraries have some of the best databases, so I always found myself in the library growing up. I have always loved the library; it is a place full of free books, after all.

Writing and Publishing

This one may be a bit obvious, but many English majors have careers in writing and publishing. You can find a career in social media or you can write the next great novel. You could work forwrite/publish a publishing agency or you can open your own. Many of you know that I love to read and write (most people with blogs enjoy writing to some extent). I want to write and work in a library. English is great for both careers. Maybe I’m biased, (I’m defiantly biased) but English had got to be the greatest degree ever!

Others: Law, Religion, Politics, Education

A few other options for English majors are jobs in law, religion, political science, and education. Who said there were no career opportunities for English majors? You can become anything from a politician to a priest. What other degrees have that kind of variety? English is a flexible degree and that is one reason I chose it. I feel like I have options with English, and I can take classes I enjoy. I get a lot of eye rolls when I tell people I am an English major, but these are not people I feel compelled to prove myself to. I understand that choosing your major can be a frightening experience for some; it was for me. Ultimately, your major is up to you. You are the only person who can make yourself happy, so just pick what you want. It does not matter what the guy who sits beside you in your statistics class thinks about your choice; chances are you do not even know his/her name.

Maybe a little over exaggerated, but my point still stands.

Maybe a little over exaggerated, but my point still stands.

English is a great degree, and I can tell you that I enjoy being an English major. If you are interested in English but are not sure then take a few writing and literature classes. If you do not like them then you can try something else. I personally have no regrets.

Are you thinking about becoming an English major? If you are, continue to read my series! If you have any questions leave me a comment. As always, like my post and check back every other Wednesday for a new one!

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Steps to Becoming an English Major

Welcome to my new series! I am now near the end of my student career at LMU and it is hard to believe how far I have come. When I was younger I never imagined I would be where I am today. When I first decided to become an English major I was full of doubt. I kept second-guessing my decision, but now I am glad I decided on English. After my first literature course I had no doubt that the English department was where I belonged. Now that I am almost finished with my degree, I have decided to start this series so I can share all my experiences as an English student with you. In this post I will cover the process of picking a major and meeting students and teachers in your department. Let’s begin! Continue reading

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