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By Kirsten Raper, News Editor –

Thanksgiving is over, and now all I just want to sit at home with my cat drinking hot cocoa, while watching Elf for the one millionth time. However, unfortunately the semester is not over and finals are coming.

Looking at my planner, I realize I have an array of papers to write, a multitude of projects to do and numerous presentations to prepare, and honestly I have never been more unmotivated in my life.

I’m usually the kind of person who does everything early so that I’m not cramming to get things done at the last minute, but for some reason (probably senioritis) I just really cannot find the motivation to do anything school related.

Nevertheless, I have a lot to do, and little time to do it. If you’re in the same boat as me, here are some tips that could help you stay motivated:

One of the things that usually helps me stay motivated is studying in different places. I know a lot students tend to automatically go to the library during the last few weeks of the semester, but this is a bad idea for two reasons: 1: Every one else has the same idea so the library ends up crowded and you can never find a place to sit and 2: It can get incredibly boring sitting in the same spot for hours and hours.

Sure, I still visit the library, but I also like to change it up by going to some other spots like Milk and Honey, Dunkin Donuts, the Yellow Deli, a friend’s place, etc.

Something else that always help keep my motivation up, is studying with friends, especially if these friends are taking the same classes as you. It’s nice to have someone remind you to keep going and to tell you when you’re slacking off.

Finally, it may sound impossible, but it is so important to get as much sleep as possible over the next few weeks. As college students, we often find ourselves pulling all nighters a lot during the last couple of weeks of the semester, but a lack of sleep can really have an effect on your work ethic. If you have to pull an all nighter, try taking 20 minute naps every few hours. Some sleep is better than no sleep, and you’ll thank yourself at the end.

No matter how unmotivated you are at this point in the semester, just remember in the words of Buddy the Elf, “Santa’s coming,” and in just a few weeks, it will all be over.

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