I’m not as good of a student as I used to be

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by Sophie Reese, Video Editor

I used to do all my readings, get assignments done right away and make detailed schedules of my days. Now, I take frequent naps, skip readings and wait until the very last minute to do anything.

When there were no events last year, I had no issues with assignments. Now that there are, I don’t know how to manage. I rarely have any free nights, so whenever I have free time, I can’t bring myself to do homework.

So, I lose all motivation. The pandemic made me used to not having anything in my schedule besides homework. Now, I’m overwhelmed and feel like there’s not enough time in the day to do anything.

Senioritis as a junior sucks. Junior year is supposed to be the hardest year and I feel like I’m failing. My midterm grades were fine, but I don’t feel fine. I’ve been doing the bare minimum more than what I used to do.

I used to make daily schedules of everything I had to get done that day, along with a weekly schedule I would make every Sunday that had every assignment due that week. The last weekly schedule I wrote was from the first week of October.

Don’t get me wrong, I still complete all my assignments on time, but I don’t feel like I’m putting all of my effort into school anymore.

I’m also trying to spend as much time with my friends as I can because a lot of them graduate earlier than I do, and I don’t want to miss out on anything before they leave. I find myself doing homework in my friend’s room so I can still be with them, yet also get my work done. It isn’t ideal though, since I’m not putting in my best work.

I used to think of myself as a pro at time management skills but all of that has disappeared. I’m trying to get back into my old ways slowly but surely.

When I started this semester, I knew I didn’t feel as motivated as I did from last year, but I figured it was because I was getting used to a new schedule. I thought that as a couple weeks would go on my motivation would eventually return.

It’s November and it has yet to happen.

With all the busy days and nights that I’m going through, I have been trying to get myself back on track and have found a way to cope with all of the stress.

I try not to be extremely hard on myself, it’s hard to do but I knew that I needed to recognize that the past year of my life has been insane and that it’s OK to feel a little unmotivated at times.

The harder I am on myself the more stressed I will be. Telling myself that it’s almost over is sometimes the only thing that can help. We’re one more week closer to having a break now and hopefully by next semester I’ll have things figured out.