In this week’s post we remember the time of the school year, as the clock ticks closer to the end of the semester, the end is near.
by Jason Martinez
This week’s video reminds us to never quit when we are so close to the finish line, figuratively, and literally in some cases. There isn’t always physical pain involved in pushing to the end, but when we don’t know where the end is, that’s the challenge. In school, we have a calendar date that notes the end of our responsibilities to show up to a specific set of classes, but that doesn’t abdicate our responsibilities to keep learning.
But, what happens when you don’t have an actual calendar date that tells you when it is okay to relax and not push yourself so much? How do you temper that level of effort so that you don’t burn out? I wish that I knew that answer because it would’ve saved me some struggles during my undergrad years.
The video’s message is not telling you to push yourself to the limits of burnout by going against your instincts of when you should stop. On the contrary, it asks you to become more aware of what your instincts are communicating to you. Become aware if you are being told to stop because you are tired and possibly becoming lazy. Or maybe you are warning yourself that there is hard work still to be done, work that asks so much more of you than ever before, and therefore you might be afraid of what could happen during that time.
This is the time to learn about yourself and your intellectual and physical boundaries. Find out how well you function on less than the recommended eight hours of sleep. See what could happen if you have to sleep less in order to produce more. But always listen to your instincts, for they will always lead you to where you should be.
The most productive student would use this time remaining to begin planning a schedule of school, work, sleep, social life, and so on. Ask your professors questions before the last day of classes leading into finals. Plan your meals, your rest, and your recharge. But at the heart of this period is your responsibility to be ready to work hard and push yourself towards success, always remembering to take care of your needs, but never using your needs as an excuse to become lazy and procrastinate.
You can do this. Watch the video and remind yourself how far you have come. It’s too late to quit. The only option is to give it all that you have, to negotiate with yourself to push those last few feet towards the finish line.