Ah, spring time: one of the best times of the year to be on a college campus.
As soon as the sun comes out, warming the frigid Peoria tundra, students can be spotted frolicking on the quads, suntanning, playing catch or getting crunk, even though the temperature is still below 50 degrees.
This usually means one thing to students: summer is just around the corner.
Alongside all of the games, however, there’s still a half semester left to endure, and sometimes it’s just easier to take the back road when it comes to academics.
However, like Papa Kwiecinski would say, finishing strong is the ultimate goal.
Although the need to finish strong is always an important objective, it feels like a springtime slide is unavoidable.
Now, I need to make this clear; I’m not completely immune to this kind of spring slump.
I’m also not the only one that struggles with a few procrastination problems now and then, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.
In times like these, finding a fair medium is always the best solution, though it is important to make sure that bad habits don’t develop out of either side.
Getting the work done is the main priority; that’s obvious.
Completely encasing yourself in your work is a sure way to get things done. But, gosh, all work and no play is not the optimal decision.
You’ve got to be sure to do at least a few relaxing things so you don’t overload on stress, especially if there is tons of fun to be had.
Leaving the books behind and having fun is an important part of making sure you don’t overwhelm yourself with your schoolwork.
However, having too much entertainment is possible and can drive us off of our desired path.
Fun is what spring is meant to bring out, especially after months of what seems like the Ice Age.
I’m not going to preach to you how to have some fun, while making sure you all do your homework. If you can’t mediate something as simple as that, then you should probably re-evaluate some things.
Whether you decide to celebrate weather that isn’t in the teens or lock yourself in the library, remember the earlier proverb I shared from my dad.
Finishing the year strong is the objective, but how exactly you finish the year is up to you.