Commuter Crossing: How to survive the final month

CommuterCrossing-nameNow that we are past the stress from midterms and headed into the last four weeks of the semester, professors are starting to assign final projects and term papers. These final papers and projects usually account for a larger portion of your grade than other papers or projects so it is important that you focus to do well on them.  In order to do this, you will need to multitask, stay organized and have good time management. Here are a few steps to help you stay on track these last few weeks.

Make a “What’s due?” list — Go through your syllabuses to see what your final due dates are for the rest of the semester. Mark them in your planner and make sure they stand out. Try color coordinating your classes with highlighters or markers to keep them organized.

Block out time for assignments — It may sound silly or obvious, but sometimes you have to simply schedule time to do your homework. For my photojournalism project, I scheduled several days to meet with my subject and constantly keep in contact with him to verify we are still going to meet on the agreed-upon dates and times. When blocking out time, remember to include travel time to and from campus or your desired destination, your work schedule and library or office hours.

Don’t overwork yourself — I am doing a lot this semester — classes, an internship and two jobs — all on top of long commutes. This can lead to stress that can cause you to become temporarily ill. You don’t want to miss out on something important because you are at home sick and eventually fall behind in your work.

The long haul can be stressful, but you don’t have to make it worse. If you stay organized and focused, you will survive the last month of classes.

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