Hi friends. So it’s the middle of September now. I know that on the west coast some schools are just starting up, but for everyone over here in the midwest…it’s slump time. This is what I call the mood you fall in to about a month into the school year. You’re in the groove of things, you’ve figured out you schedule and the newness has worn off. You’re lacking motivation and you frickin hate going to class, working, or basically anything that involved leaving your room. Am I the only one who feels this way? Don’t lie. I know you get this feeling too.
What I’m trying to say is that it’s normal to lack motivation around this time. BUT. That doesn’t mean you can slack off! You still have classes to go to, hours to work, papers to write and exams to study for. Yep. You do. Can’t ignore it forever dude. SO. When I start to lose my motivation, I have a few tips I turn to to give me that spark I had back in August. Here we GOOO:
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Tips for getting your motivation back in college
Look at the big picture. Why did you come to college in the first place? You enrolled in school to invest in yourself and your future. You want to study what you love, graduate and get a great job. If you drop out…all that goes away. This seems harsh, but it usually helps to get me back on track. College might get boring and overwhelming sometimes, but when I think of the alternative – working a minimum wage job that I hate – it puts everything back in perspective and I remember why I am doing what I’m doing.
Get out of your room and do something fun. I totally started falling into the routine of going to class during the day, then getting home around 7 and hiding out in my room by myself for the rest of the day in my pajamas. Now, I’m more of an introvert, so honestly this is my favorite time of the day, lol. BUT. When you do it every day for weeks, it can get a little lonely. When you find yourself falling into a boring routine like this, force a change. You might be comfortable where you are, but I promise if you make yourself leave the house and do something fun it’ll get you out of your rut and you’ll feel a million times better.
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- See a movie
- Go on a walk at a park
- Go bowling
- Visit a friend
- Visit a new town
- Read a book outside
- Eat at a yummy restaurant
…or a million other things! These are just some ideas that I always turn to when I’m lacking motivation and need to get out of a rut.
Go home and visit your family. Or just talk to them on the phone if you’re too far away. This works for me because my parents are great motivators, and they always tell me how great I’m doing and how proud they are. I hope you all have families like this, too…but if you don’t, let me be your motivator! HEY YOU!!! I am proud of you and you are doing amazing. Don’t give up. (Also OF COURSE feel free to email me if you’re ever feeling alone or like you want to give up. I’ve been told I’m a great listener, hehe).
Look back at goals you set and make new ones. Did you set goals when you first started college, either in your head or on paper? look at them. Have you achieved any of them? If you have, yay! You’re cool. Use that as motivation to keep going and set more goals that you want to accomplish this school year. If you haven’t, girl I feel you. Lol. You can also use this as motivation to work harder to accomplish what you want to accomplish. YOU CAN DO IT, YO!
Reward yourself. What fun are goals if there’s not a reward at the end? Tell yourself that if you get an A in that class, you get to go to your favorite fancy restaurant. If you land an amazing internship, buy yourself those shoes you’ve been eyeing for months. Make it fun!
Research the job you want and look at the requirements. If I had to take a wild guess, I would say one of the requirements is the degree you’re working on right now…right? Yep. I’m right. And if you drop out, that dream job goes bye bye. Look up people who are high up in the field you want to work in. Stalk people on LinkedIn. Learn what they did in college and what internships they had and use that as motivation! College can be monotonous, but the thought of a future in an awesome career field always gets me excited again.
Remind yourself why you came to this school in the first place. Did you fall in love with the amazing architecture? Did you love the downtown vibe? Give yourself a tour like you’re a high school senior all over again. Revisit the places that made you excited to come here when you were 17. For me, I go to Mizzou. I love walking past the columns on the quad, checking out new clothes at the MU store, and – surprisingly – the top of Virginia Avenue Garage has a great view of the whole campus.
Also – just wanna throw this in there before I finish off this post – definitely talk to a counselor if you’re feel anxious, overwhelmed, or just bleh. It’s totally normal. College is hard and tiring and talking to someone can really help.
Good luck out there! I love you ALLLLL!