Friend Fatima: Focusing on School

Advice for Students

Q: I am having a really hard time staying focused in all my classes. It’s a real struggle to even go to class anymore. I feel so burnt out with school, which scares me because it’s only halfway through the semester. I don’t want my grades to suffer but I just need help refocusing my energy. 

A:  We’ve all been there. It’s the disease of skipping class. It’s almost like a drug. Once you skip one class it becomes this habit you can’t break. You get so comfortable not going to class and so relaxed staying home in your pajamas and watching Netflix all day. The best way to avoid this epidemic is to not skip class. I know, I know it’s way easier said than done. Believe me I fall victim to it on many occasions. 

The best way to get your head back in the game is realizing that you are paying for these classes. It’s like spending hundreds of dollars on something and watching it go right down the drain if you don’t actually participate and do good. 

Every now and then we all need a break from our classes but don’t confuse a little break with a vacation. Academics should be the most important thing on your mind as a college student. If it’s not your top priority then why are you even here? Don’t wast your time, your professor’s time, or anyone else invested in your education if you can’t seem to find the motivation to go to class. 

I’m not saying I condone dropping out but some people really do find their career through other ways than academically. Maybe you need to take a break from school all together and think about where you want to see yourself years from now. Because if you want that career you’ve been working so hard at then you will find the motivation to go to class. 

Take a day to breathe and relax from class but then get right back into it. Find people in your class to study and mingle with. It can really make a class that much better and more enjoyable to attend 

Schoolwork doesn’t have to be all boring and no fun. Make the best of it while you can. Believe it or not, you may miss these stressful, studying college days.