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The Semester is Over…Now What?

You’ve lasted through 5 months of exams, assignments, sleepless nights, caffeine overloads, probably some drinking, a LOT of crying, and stressing eating. Your healthy habits have gone to the wayside. Your hair is probably a week unwashed. BUT, you have taken your exams, and you have passed them (or failed them). What now? What do you do? You’ve spent the last 5 months creating study habits and working your fingers to the bone, your nose stuffed into a text book, and have been learning for almost half the year.

What do you do now? How do you keep your brain active so that you don’t have to create those study habits all over again with the next semester?

It’s all about discipline. I’ve spoken about the importance of discipline time and time again, and will emphasize yet again that in order for you to succeed, you have to discipline yourself to study, to learn, and to have a healthy, active brain. Discipline and motivation go hand in hand, but you must have the former to make the latter feel enjoyable and worthwhile.

One way to keep an active mind is to watch Jeopardy. Jeopardy? Television? Shouldn’t I be doing something like, oh, I don’t know, READING?! And to that I say, “No. You don’t have to read all the time.” Here’s what I mean: Jeopardy is a trivia show at its core. It helps you to maintain your ability of quick recall and also gives you some fun facts to show off to your friends when you get back to campus. Plus, Alex Trebek is the shiiiiiiiiiznizzle. All the way.

Another way you can keep an active mind is to work on learning a language. You don’t have to necessarily learn a language that will be beneficial in future careers (though it certainly helps, seeing as one of the most used languages in the job market, besides English, is Spanish), but learning a language can help you develop not only a new vocabulary, but it can help you to understand words from the English language as well!

Something else you could do is take up using a bullet journal. A bullet journal is simply a system of organization. While the original system is simplistic in form and it’s main design is for function, not art, there has been a big surge in recent years of using a bullet journal for creative output.

Along with a bullet journal, you can also take up calligraphy. In modern days, faux calligraphy (or hand lettering) has become the most popular form of calligraphy to use in bullet journals (many students across the United States, as well as the world, also use calligraphy within their class notes as well!). Calligraphy can be hard at times, but it is a great skill to learn and it will keep your mind busy every day.

Overall, just keeping a mind for learning will keep your mind healthy and sharp during your times off from school. There’s a quote by Pele that states: Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. This quote holds true for anything in life. To be successful, you must continuously learn.

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