Well friends, it’s that time of year again. Yesterday, I arrived back at campus, and I’m now mostly unpacked and mostly organized – just a bit left to finish up today. Tomorrow I begin my “victory lap” and I’m about as ready as I can be. But truthfully, I don’t want to be here that badly. Sure, it’s fun living on campus, being around so many friends and living “independently”. Yes, it’s only three months until graduation and I’ll come out with a diploma. But I’m just…done. Tired. Tired of school.
So how do I stay here and finish school strongly when I’d rather be at home? Well…it’s not gonna be easy.
1. Break Down the Semester into palatable chunks
For me, having short-term goals in mind helps keep me focused on the present rather than on some future date that seems years and years away. For example, In 6 weeks, I will have completed my half-day student teaching, and I get to see boyfriend. 5 weeks after that, I get to see boyfriend again. And 4 weeks after that is graduation. That sounds a little less intimidating than “a semester” or “three months” or even “15 weeks”.
Also, a couple of my classes meet only one time weekly for 6 weeks, and the time between those weekly classes tends to go by quickly…especially when there is homework to be done…. 🙂
2. Talk to Family and Friends From Home Often
I’ve been here for just over 24 hours, but I’ve already talked to my parents and boyfriend. They encourage me to stay strong in the work I’m doing here, but also help me feel connected to home. Facebook is also great for this!
3. Give Myself Breaks and Have Some Fun
Take a walk. Check email, facebook, pinterest, etc. Read a magazine. Watch Chopped. See a movie or go out with friends. Yes, homework is very important, but so is my sanity – which will not be maintained without a few breaks and spurts of fun here and there. And with the lovely and wonderful friends I have here, I think I’d be quite silly to not spend some time with them while I’m here!!
4. Go to God With all my Struggles
Pray for strength and endurance (…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31)
Pray for a sense of purpose aside from obtaining a diploma (And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28)
Pray for a sense of peace amidst the stress (For God is not a God of disorder but of peace…” 1 Cor 14:33)
Pray that God would help me to be content (And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19)
I need to constantly remember that God has placed me here for a purpose. He knows it may not be the easiest thing for me, but the Lord doesn’t do things needlessly.
How do you cope with doing something you’d rather not do?