This summer will be my last summer before I graduate from LMU! I am so excited that I am graduating from college. I have worked hard these past four and a half years, and I am glad to know that I will finally have a degree that will show just how hard I have worked. I am especially excited for this summer. I have a lot planned, and I have not been this excited to be on summer break since I was in grade school. This is my last summer as a college student, and I intend to make the most of it. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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, writing, 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!
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
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
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