The middle of the semester is kind of like a mid-life crisis, where we’re all starting to realize that we’re halfway done and a slow panic starts to settle in. Whether it’s your first semester on campus or your last before graduation, I think it’s fair to say that we’re all experiencing this in some […]
The middle of the semester is kind of like a mid-life crisis, where we’re all starting to realize that we’re halfway done and a slow panic starts to settle in. Whether it’s your first semester on campus or your last before graduation, I think it’s fair to say that we’re all experiencing this in some way or another.
Maybe it’s you’re a freshman year and you’re experiencing midterms for the first time in your academic career. Maybe you’re a graduating senior and the thought of the real world and all of it’s qualms are starting to sink in. Maybe you’re like me and the thought of being half way through college already makes you want to curl up into a ball and scream internally. Or maybe you’re just like the rest of us, feeling the stress and fighting through it the best we can.
When I was in sixth grade, I saw a diagram of a triangle whose points read “good grades”, “social life” and “enough sleep”. The caption below read “College: Choose Two”. I always thought that once I got to college I’d just figure it out. “Three things to balance? Can’t be that hard right?” Wrong. Or more so just innaccurate and misleading. Because we never really have just three things to balance. We have not only our academics, social lives and sleep, but families and livelihoods and personal wellbeings to tend to.
It’s not uncommon to look around a classroom sometimes and see your classmates taking notes, but also writing papers for their next class, editing and sending their resumes, searching for jobs, and planning out their calendars for the next month. Being a college student is tough- there’s no surprise there. There’s a lot to be expected of us. We’ve got a lot on our plates and we don’t want to feel like we’re failing.
But I think some of us need to take a step back for a moment and collect our thoughts. I know I do. Because yes, we’re all slowly burning, some of us faster than others, but we’re all in this together. We’re all just trying to get that internship, that job, that degree to move on to the next.
Let’s all vow to give ourselves a moment to breathe. To spend an evening away from the laptop and textbooks and reconnect with something or someone we love. To remember that one bad grade isn’t going to be the end of you. To be there for one another when everything is hitting the fan. To talk it out. To relax.
Take advantage of fall break next week, fam. Catch up on your Z’s and take a deep breath. God knows we all need it.
And to anyone out there who is truly struggling, please know that there are people here to listen. For more information on counseling and consultation here at OSU, visit http://www.ccs.ohio-state.edu/