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Emily Galliher | The Tartan
Subhead: A Radford student deals with end of the semester stress
I am sure during this time in the semester, everyone’s emotions are running high; with only six weeks left, finals are just around the corner. With only six weeks to finalize projects, portfolios, and to organize your pity parties, sometimes a pity party is just what you need.
I do not know about you guys, but stress comes all year round for me. My schedule does not leave much wiggle room to freak out about work, but it still happens, and when it does it comes with vengeance. The last conversation I had with my mom might just have rubbed me the wrong way, my essay might not be turning out the way I want, or sometimes stuff just happens.
When the freak-out begins, you have to keep in mind that everything is temporary and the emotions you are feeling are temporary. You are on the path to finish a degree in something you love, an exam is just a bump along the road. That bump may define your final grade, but step back, breathe, and go at it again. It may be cliché, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it has your accomplishments on it.
I am a class A procrastinator and if I have learned anything during my time at Radford, it is that stress can hit you at the worst moments. You got a flat on the way back to school with your exam deadlines in the back of your head, but your account over drafted when the towing company charged you. When it rains it pours, but remember it is temporary.
Let’s take the previous situation and turn it into a personal situation. It has been three hours since you left home and have four more to go before you get to Radford. You know you have to turn in your take-home exam in the morning, but cannot seem to think about anything other than the dirty tow truck seat that cost you way more than you had. Stop panicking and breathe.
Now picture this: You are driving back to fulfill a goal – a goal that you decided to finish when you declared your major. A goal that you can see living the rest of your life. You could have stayed at home on the couch and said “screw it, I’m done,” but you did not. You may be rethinking that decision now, but it will be alright. This ride in the tow truck will only last a little bit longer and you will be on your way.
Take a moment to breathe, envision your goal, and keep on truckin’, because everything will be alright.