Editorial: Midterm Season

It’s that time of the year when the library gets fuller, the coffee gets stronger and the bags under our eyes get darker. It’s midterm season.

This time of year requires a little bit of an extra push, an additional burst of energy, in order to succeed and nail those tests. However, students often have more help during midterms then they believe. There are more people surrounding you who want to see you succeed than want to see you fail.

It’s easy to buy into negativity and indifference this time of year. There is Netflix to watch, and spring break to plan for, but in order to ace those tests, all of those things need to take a back burner. How do you not buy into the negativity, and become lazy? It’s easier said then done, but remember why you came to college and what you are striving for.

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Degrees take time, money, sweat and tears, but they are worth it. It is worth it in order to get your job and add whatever your passion is to the world. If you need to stare into a lake of water, and have a Lion King, “Simba, remember who you are” moment, then have it, but don’t forget why you came to college. Remember that every test, even gen. eds, will help you complete your degree.

Practice some self-care, and drink more water. Eat your meals with friends, and make sure you aren’t disconnecting completely. Studying alone is good, but breaks with interaction are necessary. And don’t be afraid to tell someone no if you can’t pick up that extra shift, or need a break. Make sure to get some sleep, all-nighters won’t do you any good, and tests get harder when you can’t even stay awake long enough to focus on the question.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Every professor at Washburn wants to see you succeed. It’s easy to take the bait and buy into the mindset of laziness, but there are so many people here to pull you out of the hole of mediocrity. Midterm season is the time of the year when you have to stick it out just a little longer, push a little harder and remember the people around you are rooting for you, and cheering you on.