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5 Ways to Stay Motivated During Second Semester

Set Goals:

Setting specific goals is a great way to keep yourself moving from day to day. Personally, I keep a “to-do” list with me on my phone. I start every day by adding the things that need to be accomplished by the time I go to bed that night. It’s an amazing feeling when you check that final box off.

Get up and do something:

I know that other students at my school have repeatedly discussed how every day is the same during the school year. Get up, go to school, do homework, and sleep. They feel like it’s a never ending cycle. I have found that by doing at least one productive thing that you didn’t do yesterday helps. Before doing your homework, try picking up your bedroom. Go for a jog, paint your nails, play a game with a sibling. Even the smallest task can spice up your day in a big way.

Learn from failure:

Yes, failing a chemistry test can be very dreadful, but I assure you that it is not the end of the world. Talk with your teacher or another student and understand where you went wrong and think of ways to fix it. No matter the failure, you don’t need to beat yourself up for a week. Understand the error and move on in a positive light.

Remember your passion:

In the midst of all the classes, homework, work and family, we tend to forget about why we are doing all of this. Remember your end goal. I love animals and animal medicine. When I get stressed out, I watch some of those awesome vet shows on Animal Planet, or I look up some of the strangest medical cases in the past year and just obsess over that for a few minutes. When I see these things, it reminds me how bad I want to do it all. I urge you to keep your passion close and remember it daily. Allow it to push you through the school year.

Remember the exciting things ahead:

When school gets rough, just remember that State Conference is only a few months away! Start thinking about what events you will be competing in, and if you will be running for State Office. Encourage your friends and classmates to attend the conference and get excited!!

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