Student Things: Studying and Living Life

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This one is for all the students out there, team awesome!

November is by far the busiest time of the semester. Every project, every assignment and every single presentation that you may have is due in the next couple of weeks. Take heart my dear schoolmates. You’ve been working so hard for the past several months that if you look back to compare how much you’ve endured to how much is left, it isn’t so bad. What is that they say about a glass half full verses half empty? Yeah, optimism. You’ve made it this far, you can finish the race and finish strong.

Learning is fun. But sometimes all that pressure can take a toll on you. I know the feeling, I’ve been there only too many times. The other night my class ended a lot earlier than it should have, giving me ample time to get some studying and an assignment done. I decided to go home to do it. I changed into my comfiest PJs, shut myself in my room for some nice quiet time and sat at my study table ready to go at it. After turning on my computer I stared at the screen for what seemed like an eternity. I was trying to decide what to work on first.

I’d just completed interviewing a ‘leader’ for my Psychology class and needed to transcribe the interview. I also needed to study for a test I have in a week and an e-commerce presentation to prepare. I could not decide which one to do.

Then, Netflix.

Before I even realized what was happening I was selecting a ‘light’ movie to watch as I continue to decide which course to work on first. Making that decision can be quite taxing, OKAY? I think by now you know what happened to the rest of my evening.

It was an unfortunate turn of events, save for the time that the movie lasted. By midnight I had made no progress whatsoever. I did eventually get back to my study table and worked through a lot of my school work, but the ungodly hours that I stayed up through were not funny at all. Operating on almost zero sleep at the job the following day was not an easy task either.

Here’s the thing, being a student is very rewarding but every once in a while it can be frustrating or exhausting. Take heart, you’re not the only one struggling and it will come to pass. The next time you are up at the wee hours of the morning remember it’s only short-lived. You will be done. In fact, I guarantee that at one point after you’re through with school you’ll  miss it. And you will want to go back. I know I did!

Study hard my friends. We will party as much as we’ve been studying in December (or more).

Are you also a student? How do you manage to stay on top of your school work? What do you do when you need to catch a break?

Author: Valerie

I am a storyteller, a writer. I post new articles every other Tuesday. Life is full of wonder. Life is beautiful. I love the uncertainty that comes with it. The ups and downs of living -its high points and low moments, the good times and the bad. I love it all. But what I love even more, is writing about it! I enjoy mentoring girls and young women. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing women rocking in whatever they pursue. My writing however, is in most cases unisex. There is a little something for everyone on all matters lifestyle. My most passionate topic areas include fulfilling my life goals (fighting procrastination), my relationship with money,  and self love (because no one else will know how you expect to be treated if you don't treat yourself right). And then there's travel, food, fashion and books. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA). I also possess extensive experience  and education in communication studies. Welcome to my world. Comment, share and have some fun while you're at it. Are you looking for a creative writer? Or would you like to collaborate? Drop me an email at:

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