Surviving Spring Semester: How to Remain Productive in Warm Weather

Lo and Behold! Spring is here at last, which means for Penn State students it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Pinnies, Sundresses, Daylongs: what’s not to love!

The biggest letdown, however, is that you still have classes, homework, papers, and finals standing in between you and the summer. In order to maximize your time outdoors and minimize your stress about the work you’ve been putting off, here are a few pro-tips for surviving the last few weeks of the spring semester.

  1. Get your priorities in order: The first bit of advice to any student, from the 17-year-old Freshman to the Van Wilder of Seniors, is to remember why you’re here. Class sucks, I know, but you are at Penn State for the phenomenal education. Coming from one of the biggest procrastinators at this school, spring is the hardest time to balance out work and play. The best way to cure this collegiate mental disorder is to make a calendar of the work you have left. Go through the syllabus of each of your classes and figure out what needs to get done. From there, make a checklist for the day (or week) and do your best to get as far ahead of your work as humanly possible. Ambitious? Yes! Worth it? Totally!
  2. Multitasking: If you want to kill two birds with one stone, get your homework done outside or at a bar! Lie in the grass with your laptop, soak in the sun and get shit done!           
  3. Avoid week-long binges: Remember kids, drinking every day is not necessary. Just because all the cool kids are doing it doesn’t mean you have to. Give yourself a break every now and then. Your liver and your brain will thank you.
  4.  Go to class: The excuse, “It’s too cold to go to class” is officially a thing of the past. The weather doesn’t get much better than this, ladies and gentlemen. Get out of your room and walk to class. This is your last chance to sneak in those last minute participation points if you’ve been slacking with the hand-raising this semester.
  5. Soak in these final days with your friends: As a junior surrounded by friends who are seniors, I die a little inside every time I think about the school year coming to an end. For you freshmen who are about to go through their first Penn State summer withdrawal, it is terrible! At the end of the day, do leave plenty of time to have as much fun as possible with your college cronies before you leave for break.

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Leo Dillinger

Penn State Junior, Print Journalism Major, Minors in English and Sociology, Writer of Arts, Entertainment, News, Tomfoolery and Opinion.

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